Silver Stars-Dream Preview

The Associated Press

Even without second-leading scorer Sancho Lyttle, the Atlanta Dream haven't missed a beat on the way to their best start in franchise history.

The WNBA-best Dream look to remain undefeated at home and win their sixth straight win overall Sunday against a San Antonio Silver Stars team that has lost five of six.

Atlanta (9-1) has gotten some key contributions throughout its five-game winning streak since Lyttle left to play overseas for Spain's national team.

Angel McCoughtry, second in the league with 20.7 points per game, has eclipsed her scoring average in four of the five games Lyttle has been out. She finished with 21 to lead the Dream to their sixth straight win at Philips Arena on Friday with an 86-75 victory over Washington.

Atlanta has been dominant on their home floor, winning by an average of 14.3 points there.

Alex Bentley added a season-high 17 points and broke Diana Taurasi's 2006 league mark when she hit her 10th consecutive 3-point field goal with 5:02 left in the fourth quarter.

She hasn't missed from beyond the arc since the team's last loss in New York on June 9.

The Dream have scored 79.2 per game during their run, barely off from their 79.8 average with Lyttle in the lineup. Lyttle, averaging 15.4 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds, is expected to return July 9.

"Sancho is a veteran,'' said McCoughtry, averaging 23.4 points over her last five games. "She's doing her thing in Spain, but we've been holding it down since she's been gone.''

McCoughtry and the Dream may be able to continue holding it down against the short-handed Silver Stars (3-6), who have allowed an average of 84.4 points in their last five games.

Playing without Sophia Young (knee), Becky Hammon (finger) and Jayne Appel (concussion), San Antonio fell 83-77 at home to Phoenix on Tuesday.

Shameka Christon, Danielle Adams and Danielle Robinson each had 15 points to lead the Silver Stars.

"We didn't hit the shots that we usually hit and that's an easy fix," Robinson said after the team shot 36.1 percent. "I think we played pretty well defensively, but we had a couple breakdowns here and there that cost us."

Robinson has emerged as the team's top offensive threat, averaging 17.7 points over her last three games. Adams has also come on strong by totaling 31 in her past two contests.

San Antonio, however, could have a difficult time against an Atlanta team allowing a WNBA-low 69.8 points allowed per game. The Dream also have a league-best 12.8 steals per game behind McCoughtry's league-leading 3.9.

The Silver Stars have dropped three of four in Atlanta, including a 60-57 loss in their last trip June 8, 2012.

McCoughtry led the Dream with 16 points despite 6-of-18 shooting in that meeting. She didn't play because of a left knee sprain July 13 when San Antonio defeated visiting Atlanta 91-70 behind 21 points from Jia Perkins.

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