Despite Angel McCoughtry's best scoring performance of the season, the Atlanta Dream fell short of the longest win streak in franchise history this past weekend.
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.
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