Mystics down Dream, end seven-game skid

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Stella Johnson scored 25 points, and the Washington Mystics snapped a seven-game losing streak by holding off the struggling Atlanta Dream 98-91 on Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla.

Myisha Hines-Allen contributed 23 points for the Mystics (4-7). Ariel Atkins had 13 points and five assists, Emma Meesseman supplied 12 points, six rebounds and 10 assists, and Leilani Mitchell added 12 points and six assists.

The Dream (2-10) dropped their ninth straight despite two big offensive performances. Betnijah Laney erupted for a season-high 35 points while contributing five rebounds and six assists. Courtney Williams poured in a season-best 30 points and added eight rebounds and seven assists.

Monique Billings had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Atlanta while Elizabeth Williams chipped in eight points, five rebounds and six assists.

Courtney Williams had nine points in the first quarter as the Dream took a 24-22 lead. The Mystics tightened their defense and outscored the Dream 23-15 in the second quarter to gain a 45-39 halftime advantage.

Johnson led the way with 12 first-half points. Williams and Laney each had 13 points for Atlanta.

Johnson reached the 20-point mark by scoring eight points in the first 2:14 of the second half. Her outburst, which included two 3-pointers, stretched Washington’s lead to 56-43.