After getting their first win of the season in dramatic fashion, the Washington Mystics look to take advantage of the expansion Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night when the teams meet for the first time.
Washington (1-2) won its home opener 69-66 over Houston on Sunday after the Comets' Tamecka Dixon missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. That ended a contest that saw three lead changes in the final 1:24.
The Mystics went ahead for good when Coco Miller converted a steal into a layup, giving the Mystics a one-point lead with 22 seconds left. Alana Beard made two free throws with 2.1 to play, setting up Dixon's potential tying attempt.
The victory allowed Washington to bounce back after a 79-60 rout at New York on Thursday.
The Mystics, 8-9 at home last season, will try to build on Sunday's strong shooting performance. They were 26-for-59 (44.1 percent) from the floor and 5-of-15 from 3-point range Sunday after making only 34.9 percent (22-for-63) and 1-of-9 from beyond the arc against the Liberty.
Beard has been solid the last two games, scoring 16 points against the Comets after recording 20 on 7-for-15 shooting against the Liberty. The guard-forward missed the season-opening 64-53 loss at Indiana on May 17 while recovering from September shoulder surgery.
Despite Beard's strong return, the Mystics are averaging a WNBA-low 60.7 points.
Washington could have a good chance to raise that average against the Dream (0-3), who are allowing 87.3 points per game. Atlanta has lost three in a row, getting outscored by an average of 21.0 points during that span.
They weren't very competitive in Sunday's 74-56 loss to Los Angeles, scoring only six points in the second quarter and shooting 29.2 percent (21-for-72) for the game. Many of Atlanta's misses were converted into easy baskets by the Sparks, who held a 19-6 advantage in fast-break points.
"We took quick shots," said Dream coach Marynell Meadors, whose team is shooting a league-low 34.7 percent from the floor, "and I think anytime you take quick shots out of your offense it's going to lead to a layup.
"So we just didn't stay with a lot of patience on the offensive end."
The Dream could use a better effort from Betty Lennox after she managed just four points on 1-for-10 shooting Sunday. The guard, who averaged 13.4 points with Seattle last year, scored a season-high 21 points in an 88-76 defeat to Detroit on Friday.