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Posted Jul 12 2008 11:41PM
The biggest win in the Atlanta Dream's brief history came at the expense of the Chicago Sky.
The Dream hope their final meeting of the season with the struggling Sky is just as successful when the bottom two teams in the Eastern Conference meet Sunday in Chicago.
Atlanta (2-18) failed in its attempt for a third straight victory Friday, losing 82-74 at San Antonio to fall to 1-1 on its season-high six-game road trip.
The Dream's two-game run started with a 91-84 victory over Chicago on July 5, the franchise's first after losing 17 in a row to start the season.
"It was just this great feeling inside knowing we finally got one,'' Atlanta guard Ivory Latta said of the initial victory.
Atlanta followed it up with a 73-67 win at Minnesota on Wednesday to open the road swing before falling to San Antonio. Betty Lennox had 22 points and Latta added 14 on Friday for the Dream, who held a 13-point halftime lead but were outscored 48-27 over the final two quarters.
"We're all going to bounce back as a team," said Latta, who had 18 points last week against Chicago and is averaging 16.0 in three games versus the Sky this season.
Lennox is averaging 19.4 points on the season and has scored a combined 46 in her last two contests. However, she's averaged only 13.6 as the Dream have lost two of three to the Sky, the WNBA's most recent expansion club prior to Atlanta.
Chicago (5-13) returns home looking to avoid matching a season high with five straight losses after falling 66-57 at Indiana on Saturday.
Candace Dupree made her first eight field goals and finished with 19 points for Chicago, which despite shooting 33.9 percent from the field and 1-for-10 from 3-point range, trailed by just two late in the fourth quarter.
"Give Chicago credit,'' Indiana guard Katie Douglas said. "They're well balanced, relentless and aggressive."
Dupree is averaging 19.2 points over her last six contests and 18.0 points and 7.7 rebounds against Atlanta.
Dupree had 20 points and Jia Perkins added 19 as the Sky shot 53.6 percent in a 91-70 home win over Atlanta on June 7, concluding a home-and-home sweep.
Perkins had 24 in the loss to Atlanta last weekend.