Renee Montgomery helps Sun snap two-game skid

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- A tumultuous week ended happily for the Connecticut Sun.

Renee Montgomery had 21 points and seven assists Sunday, and the Sun snapped a two-game losing streak with a 96-87 victory over the Atlanta Dream.

After beating Minnesota by 29 points last Tuesday, Connecticut lost back-to-back overtime games on the road before Sunday's victory.

"This was big to win this game because of the two games that we just lost on the road. We definitely lost those games," Connecticut center Tina Charles said. "I wouldn't say those teams beat us, because we were leading and let those games slip away from us."

Charles and Asjha Jones had 18 points and nine rebounds apiece for the Sun (17-10), while Tan White scored 11 of her 13 points in the fourth period.

Kara Lawson added 11 for the Sun.

"We have to fight for every game. All of our games have been exciting. If anybody watches our games, they can see that it's a great game for the fans to watch," Jones said. "Every single game that we play, we have to grind it out and hang in there. As long as we have good possessions in the fourth quarter, we usually pull out the wins."

Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta (13-13) with 22 points. Erika DeSouza added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

White scored eight straight points for the Sun early in the fourth period. Her 3-pointer with 5:54 left gave the Sun a 76-69 lead.

"We played a lot better today in the fourth quarter," White said.

Atlanta got within 76-72 with 5:28 left, but Connecticut responded with a 6-0 run to push the lead to 10.

Lindsey Harding had 14 points for the Dream and Armintie Price had 12.

Connecticut used a 26-4 run in the first half to lead by as many as nine. The run wiped out Atlanta's 26-12 lead that came after the Dream scored 14 straight points late in the first period.

"We helped them out," Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said, "by doing some things we shouldn't have."