Washington 80, Atlanta 74 (F)
WASHINGTON, May 27 (AP) -- Alana Beard scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 19 and nine rebounds to help the Washington Mystics beat the Atlanta Dream 80-74 Tuesday night.
Beard scored seven of the final nine points for the Mystics (2-2), who outrebounded the Dream 41-20.
Betty Lennox scored 29 points for Atlanta (0-4), which nearly rallied from a nine point deficit in the fourth quarter. Lennox, who made six of seven 3-pointers, hit two of them on an 8-0 run that cut the lead to 71-70 with about 3 minutes remaining.
After Beard hit consecutive free throws, Lennox nailed a mid-range jumper to cut the lead back to one before Beard's layup and free throw gave the Mystics a four-point cushion with 52 seconds left. Lennox countered with another basket, but Beard, who hit 10 of 12 free throws, and Monique Currie each hit two free throws to seal the win.
The expansion Dream lost by double figures in their first three games.