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The dubious distinctions keep piling up for the expansion Atlanta Dream.

After becoming the first WNBA team without a win at the midpoint of a season, Atlanta wraps up a three-game homestand Saturday night against the Chicago Sky, who routed the Dream in a home-and-home series last month.

On June 6, Atlanta (0-17) lost 86-72 at home to the Sky before Chicago set a franchise record for largest margin of victory, 91-70 the following night.

"That was us two years ago, and now we can laugh about it," Chicago's Candice Dupree said after that game. "Obviously we can relate to losing games by 20-plus points."

Atlanta set a WNBA record with its 14th loss to a begin a season June 27, falling 109-101 to Connecticut. Detroit opened the 2002 season with 13 defeats.

The Dream got off to another slow start Thursday and lost 72-65 to Houston. Atlanta shot 1-for-17 from the field in the opening quarter and committed eight turnovers as it trailed 18-6.

Betty Lennox led Atlanta with 15 points, and center Katie Feenstra came off the bench and just missed her first double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds.

"I was proud of the way the bench stepped up and was happy to give them an opportunity because they have been working so hard," Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said.

Lennox, a nine-year veteran, is tied for fourth in the league with 19.5 points per game. She totaled 31 points in the losses to Chicago last month.

Though the Sky have enjoyed success against Atlanta, they're 3-10 versus the rest of the league. Chicago failed to win its third straight Thursday night, losing 74-67 to Indiana.

The Sky trailed by seven after one quarter and fell behind by 15 with 6:34 to play in the half. Chicago was down 18 with seven minutes remaining in the game before coming back.

"I though we started out sluggish," said Dupree, who leads Chicago with 17.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. "Our start caused us to get in a hole, but we improved our play toward the end."

Dupree had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Dominique Canty scored 16 and Jia Perkins added 13 points for the Sky, who suffered through a five-game skid after the two wins over Atlanta.

Dupree and Perkins are each averaging 17.5 points versus Atlanta this year.

The Sky and Dream wrap up their season series next Saturday in Chicago.

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