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Not even an extended break was able to derail the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun's momentum.

The first-place Sun try to match their longest winning streak of the season on Friday while remaining perfect in three meetings against the Atlanta Dream, who are set to play their first game since the WNBA's Olympic hiatus.

In the weeks leading up the 2008 Beijing Games, Connecticut (17-10) averaged 81.0 points while rolling to three consecutive wins.

The Sun picked up where they left off on Thursday, posting an 84-58 road victory over struggling Indiana.

Tamika Whitmore scored 15 points while Asjha Jones contributed 14 for the Sun, who increased their conference lead to one game over second-place New York.

"We're sending a message to people that it's time to get down to business," Whitmore said, noting Connecticut's seven remaining regular-season games. "We just have to keep it rolling."

Now, the Sun look to match their five-game winning streak from May 30-June 10 as they pay their first-ever visit to Atlanta (3-24).

Jones, averaging a career-high 16.7 points, has averaged 18.3 while shooting 56.6 percent from the field during the current four-game run.

She's shot 65.6 percent (21-for-32) from the field in helping Connecticut to two home victories over the Dream, and scored a season-high 30 points in a 109-101 home win over Atlanta on June 27.

The Sun expect to have forward Svetlana Abrosimova in Friday's lineup. The former University of Connecticut standout signed a free agent contract on Wednesday after spending the first seven seasons of her WNBA career with Minnesota.

Abrosimova scored 7.4 points per game during the Olympics, helping Russia to a bronze medal.

Atlanta's lineup will also be sporting a new look with point guard Nikki Teasley making her debut. The three-time All-Star spent the last two years with Washington, but hadn't played this season after the birth of her daughter in June.

With Teasley on the roster, the Dream aim to halt their five-game losing streak from before the break. The first-year franchise has dropped seven of its last eight games, including an 86-76 home defeat to New York on July 27 - its most recent contest.

Betty Lennox scored 18 points off the bench, while Ivory Latta added 14 for Atlanta, which dropped to 1-13 at Philips Arena.

Lennox - the Dream's top scorer with 16.7 points - exploded for a career-high 44 points in the June loss to the Sun.

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