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By ANDY LEFKOWITZ, STATS Editor

The New York Liberty are looking for their first road win this year. The expansion Atlanta Dream are still searching for the first win in franchise history.

One skid will end Wednesday night when the Liberty meet the Dream at Philips Arena.

New York (3-4) lost its final two playoff games last season at Detroit, and the Liberty's road woes have continued this year with losses to the Shock and Connecticut, currently the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Liberty failed to complete a sweep of a three-game homestand Sunday, falling 70-63 to Sacramento. New York is second in league in 3-point shooting at 38.1 percent, but went 6-of-21 from beyond the arc.

Reserve Lisa Willis led New York with 11 points. The rookie starting backcourt of Leilani Mitchell and Essence Carson combined for only 10.

"We did get some open looks, but they just weren't falling for us," said Mitchell, who was making her second straight start in place of Loree Moore (back). Mitchell had 18 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field and added seven assists Friday in an 81-73 win over Houston.

It's uncertain whether Moore will be available for Wednesday's game.

After dropping the opener of a home-and-home series to Chicago by 14 on Friday, Atlanta (0-7) lost 91-70 in the finale on the road Saturday.

Coach Marynell Meadors' team trailed by 26 at the half and never got closer than 18, although Meadors took some positives away from the contest.

"We had zero points at halftime in the paint, and we ended up with 28," she said. "We didn't have any fastbreak points (at half) and we ended up with seven in the second half. It was definitely encouraging, and I think we played extremely hard."

Forward Jennifer Lacy continued her recent surge, leading Atlanta with 18 points and 10 rebounds. She totaled 10 points and three rebounds in four May games, but in three contests this month, has 38 points and 16 boards.

Lacy played sparingly with reigning WNBA champion Phoenix last year.

Despite Lacy's recent strong play, the Dream have the third-worst offense in the WNBA at 70.9 points per game, and rebounding is what needs the most improvement. Atlanta's 29.9 boards per game - 19.1 off the defensive glass - are a league low.

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