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The Associated Press

The Atlanta Dream are trying to build some momentum heading into the playoffs by improving their play on the road during the final week of the regular season.

Looking to bounce back from a defeat, the Dream try to win consecutive road games for the first time in more than three months Wednesday night against the lowly Sun.

Atlanta (17-14) is second in the Eastern Conference with three games remaining, but all are on the road, where the club is 4-10. Though the Dream's three-game overall winning streak ended with a 79-71 home loss to Phoenix on Sunday, they won 70-57 at New York on Friday and can take two straight on the road for the first time since winning their first two May 31-June 2.

If that is to happen, the Dream likely must shoot better than they did against the Mercury. Angel McCoughtry scored 25 points, but went 8 of 21 from the field as Atlanta made 32.1 percent.

"Looking at the stat sheet, we had 78 shots and 25 made,'' coach Fred Williams said. "Usually you get more of those made.''

McCoughtry is averaging a league-leading 21.8 points despite shooting 40.9 percent. However, she's averaged 29.8 and 49.4 as Atlanta has won three of the first four meetings with a Connecticut team that owns the worst record in the WNBA at 8-23.

Three of McCoughtry's six 30-point games this season have come against the Sun.

Though Connecticut beat the Dream 88-86 at home Aug. 14 on Tan White's jumper with 0.5 seconds left, it's lost eight of nine since.

Kelsey Griffin had 14 points with seven rebounds and White scored 13 on Saturday, but the Sun went 2 of 16 from 3-point range and committed 18 turnovers in a 69-60 loss at Indiana.

Connecticut kept it close for three quarters until the Fever went on an 8-2 run in the fourth to take a 58-48 lead.

"Indiana had better focus in the fourth quarter,'' Connecticut coach Anne Donovan said. "The fourth quarter, the backboard hurt us."

The Sun continues to play without star Tina Charles (18.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg), who was shut down for the final five games.

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