• Kaunda Chama

WNBA Wrap: New season tips off with thrills

The new season of the WNBA tipped off in the early hours of Saturday morning and it was nothing short of thrilling as the Dallas Wings faced the Atlanta Dream and the Indiana Fever took on the New York Liberty.

Dream clips Wings

Jessica Breland scored 17 points, including a late go-ahead three-point play, and Atlanta held Dallas without a field goal in the final two minutes as the Dream rallied to beat the Wings 76-72. Renee Montgomery had 15 points for the Dream.

Allisha Gray had 14 points off the bench to lead Dallas. Rookie Arike Ogunbowale had 12 points. Brooke McCarty-Williams, also a rookie, had eight points and eight assists.

Dallas led 39-34 at halftime. Every Wings player in uniform scored in the half, including five players off the bench.

Marie Guilich scored all of her six points in the final quarter to help Atlanta rally. Tiffany Hayes scored only five points while making only two of eight shots from the field.

Fever dazzles Liberty

Teaira McCowan's WNBA debut is one she won’t soon forget as she hit the all-important game-winning layup at the buzzer, giving the Indiana Fever an 81-80 victory over the New York Liberty.

Trailing by one after Tina Charles made two free throws with seven seconds left, Candice Dupree drove the lane and dished it off to McCowan, who laid it in just before the buzzer sounded.

Tiffany Mitchell led Indiana with 22 points. Her free throw with 2:16 left in the game gave Indiana a 79-78 lead. Neither team could score until the final seven seconds.

Tina Charles had a 32-point, 12-rebound double-double, but could not prevent the loss, which was the 14th in a row for the Liberty dating back to last season.

Indiana got off to a cold start, missing its first eight shots before Shenise Johnson's layup nearly five minutes into the game.

Indiana built a 39-33 lead at the half despite 16 points by Charles. The lead grew to 54-42 with 3:19 left in the third before Reshanda Gray and Bria Hartley rallied New York, which scored 18 of the final 20 points to end the period. Gray's putback with three seconds left capped the run and made it 60-56 for the Liberty.

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