To start another run, the Eastern Conference leaders will have to earn their first win in San Antonio in four years Thursday night and get past a Stars team seeking to bounce back from an end to its season-best run.
Atlanta (9-4) had a six-game win streak snapped after shooting 36.5 percent - its second-worst performance this season - in an 85-78 loss to New York on Sunday. McCoughtry scored 33 points, four shy of a career high, in the opener to a three-game trip, but no teammate had more than 12. Second-leading scorer Erika de Souza, averaging 16.1 points, had a season-low eight.
"We'll regroup and get back to winning again," said McCoughtry, second in the league with a 20.3 scoring average.
McCoughtry opened this season by scoring 21 points, including the tiebreaking layup with 42.9 seconds left, in a 79-75 home win over San Antonio on May 16. De Souza had a team-leading 23 points and 11 rebounds while Shoni Schimmel tied a franchise record with 11 assists in her professional debut.
That win is part of the Dream's 7-1 home record, but they have lost three of four on the road. Atlanta has dropped three in a row in San Antonio by a combined 62 points, last winning there May 15, 2010.
The Stars (7-7), though, have dropped four of five at home. The lone win in that span was a 101-74 blowout of Los Angeles on June 14 to start a three-game win streak.
That run ended Tuesday in Washington, falling 81-70. They shot 39.1 percent, their third-worst performance this season, and went 2 of 15 from 3-point range.
"We know that we can play better than we did today. Our shots weren't really falling," forward Sophia Young-Malcolm said.
Danielle Robinson was a bright spot with five steals and 16 points on 8-of-16 shooting. She's averaging 18.3 points in her last four games, including a season-best 24 against Los Angeles, and shooting 50.7 percent in her past five.
Robinson made eight of her nine shots and scored a team-best 23 points in last month's loss in Atlanta while Danielle Adams had 18. Adams scored a franchise-record 39 in the most recent matchup in San Antonio, a 97-68 rout in the last season's finale Sept. 15.