ATLANTA — Janel McCarville scored 25 points and had seven assists to help the New York Liberty beat Atlanta 81-77 on Wednesday night to keep the expansion Dream winless.
The Dream failed to hold a 12-point lead, coming on Tamera Young’s layup with 7:09 remaining.
New York ended a two-game losing streak on the road. Including two playoff losses at Detroit last year, the Liberty had dropped nine of their past 10 away from Madison Square Garden since July 6. McCarville twice flustered Ann Strother into making poor inbounds passes in the final 13.9 seconds. The second time, with McCarville jumping and waving her arms in front of Strother, New York’s Shameka Christon stepped in front of Young for the steal.
Betty Lennox scored 28 points to lead Atlanta, which dropped to 0-5 at home, 0-8 overall.
McCarville’s basket with 38.8 seconds left ended a 20-12 run for the Liberty. New York also had Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld combine for 29 points and 14 rebounds.
Young and Ivory Latta each scored 13 points for Atlanta.