Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Angel McCoughtry tallied 21 points and hit
the go-ahead layup with 42.9 seconds remaining to help the Atlanta Dream to a
season-opening 79-75 win over the San Antonio Stars.
Erika de Souza scored 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which was swept by Minnesota in last year's WNBA Finals. Rookie Shoni Schimmel, the eighth overall draft pick out of Louisville, tied a team record with 11 assists and scored all seven of her points in the final quarter.
Danielle Robinson, who led the way with 23 points for the Stars, went 1-of-2 at the foul line with 57.7 seconds left to tie the game at 73-73. Sancho Lyttle then delivered a perfect pass over San Antonio rookie Kayla McBride and into the hands of McCoughtry for the go-ahead layup.
Even after Tiffany Hayes then drew an offensive foul on Robinson, the Stars had an opportunity to tie the game. McBride, a former Notre Dame standout and the third overall selection in this year's draft, tried to dribble from the left corner to the lane but lost control of the ball. Schimmel then made two free throws with 6.4 seconds left.
Danielle Adams, who contributed 18 points for San Antonio, made a jumper with three seconds remaining to cut the lead to 77-75, but McCoughtry sealed the outcome by draining two from the charity stripe.
After a tied first quarter, neither team led by more than three in the second, resulting in a 38-36 Dream halftime edge. The hosts were up as many as nine in the third before blowing the lead, with the Stars up 56-55 going to the fourth.
Four-time All-Star Swin Cash, who was acquired by Atlanta from the Chicago Sky last week, had two points in nearly 13 minutes of court time.
Sophia Young-Malcolm had eight points and 12 boards for San Antonio, while McBride was limited to six points.