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Sykes First Career Double-Double Not Enough as Dream Fall 65-63 to Phoenix

July 7, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Atlanta Dream News Release

PHOENIX - Brittney Sykes recorded her first career double-double but the Atlanta Dream dropped a 65-63 decision to the Phoenix Mercury (6-6) Sunday evening at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Sykes scored 22 of her 29 points in the third quarter, her second-best scoring effort of her career. Her career-high also came in Phoenix on September 3, 2017 when she finished with 33. The third-quarter outburst tied a WNBA record for points in a quarter. Tiffany Hayes added 10 points for the Dream (3-10).

Despite shooting under 29% from the field in the first half, the Dream trailed the Mercury by just four at the half. Hayes led Atlanta with seven of her points in the first 20 minutes.

The Dream outscored the Mercury 23-18 in the third quarter to hold a one-point lead entering the fourth.

Atlanta returns home for its second Kids Day game presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta this Wednesday, July 10 against the Connecticut Sun. The game at State Farm Arena, which tips at 11 a.m., will air live on Bounce TV (WSB 2.2).

Atlanta Dream Notes

- Atlanta started Renee Montgomery, Tiffany Hayes, Brittney Sykes, Jessica Breland and Elizabeth Williams.

- Elizabeth Williams tied a season-high with four blocks.

- Brittney Sykes finished with season-high 29 points, her eighth double-digit effort of the season.

- Sykes finished with her first career double-double.

- Sykes' 22 points in third quarter matched a WNBA record for points in one quarter (Diana Taurasi - July 14, 2006 vs Los Angeles).

- Sykes attempted a career-high 14 free throws.

- Sykes grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds, including a season-best nine defensive boards.

- Tiffany Hayes notched her eighth double-digit scoring effort of the season with 10 points.

- The Dream tied a season-low with 25 points scored in the first half.

- Atlanta hasn't won in Phoenix since July 7, 2012.

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