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The Atlanta Dream have to be happy to be back at home after losing all four road games this month.

The Dream will try to avoid a fifth straight loss and extend their regular-season home win streak to 13 games Wednesday night against the league-worst Connecticut Sun.

Atlanta (10-5) is one of six teams in league history to start 10-1 or better, but hasn't won since. The Dream are averaging 68.3 points during their skid after averaging 80.7 in their first 11. They suffered their worst loss, 90-63 to Tulsa on Sunday and coach Fred Williams was ejected.

Bouncing back shouldn't be difficult against a Connecticut team that is 1-6 on the road. Atlanta is one of two unbeaten home teams, going 7-0 along with Minnesota.

Angel McCoughtry will try to duplicate her effort from the Dream's lone previous meeting with the Sun, a 78-77 road victory June 23. She scored a season-high 34, including the game's final points on a layup with 51.4 seconds left as Atlanta survived after blowing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead.

McCoughtry is second in the league with 20.2 points per game, but she hasn't been a model of efficiency. She set a franchise record for field-goal attempts in the first meeting, making 14 of 33 and was 8 of 24 from the field while missing all seven 3-point tries Sunday.

Williams was not happy that his star, who is shooting a career-low 40.7 percent from the field, only got seven free-throw attempts against the Shock.

"Angel tried to get to the lane to get things to happen offensively, but Tulsa collapsed on her and then she didn't get some of the calls she should have got,'' he said.

Connecticut (4-11), meanwhile, continues to struggle to find players to step up other than Tina Charles. The reigning league MVP had 18 points and 12 boards but no other Sun player reached double digits in either category in Saturday's 60-52 defeat to San Antonio.

The Sun shot 29.2 percent - their second-lowest mark of 2013.

"We just could not put the ball in the hole," first-year coach Anne Donovan said. "It's very disappointing. We've got to have more than Tina Charles. On nights we have to have three people in double figures at minimum. We can't have just Tina in double figures and expect to win many games."

Connecticut will have guards Tan White and Renee Montgomery available for this contest after both missed the first meeting due to injuries.

Kara Lawson also didn't see action the first time versus the Dream. Her status is uncertain after she sat out Saturday with a sore knee.

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