Hayes helps Dream beat Liberty 92-81 in overtime

by | Jun 30, 2022 | Sports

NEW YORK — Tiffany Hayes made the most of her first game of the season, providing the spark in overtime to lift the Atlanta Dream over the New York Liberty.Hayes, who missed the first 19 games with a right knee injury, scored nine of her 21 points in OT to lift the Dream to a 92-81 victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday night.“It feels great to have all our players, still missing Nia (Coffey),” said Atlanta coach Tanisha Wright about having an almost full roster finally. Hayes scored the first seven points in OT hitting a 3-pointer from each wing and then getting fouled shooting another 3. She made only one of those free throws to make it 86-79.Natasha Howard finally got New York on the board in the extra session with a layup, but that only cut the deficit to 88-81 with just over 2 minutes left. Atlanta (9-11) wouldn’t let the Liberty get any closer.New York (8-11) led 79-76 with 7.5 seconds left when Erica Wheeler took the ball and dribbled the clock down before hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Wheeler had missed most of June with a left foot sprain.The Liberty trailed 63-50 early in the fourth quarter before scoring 17 straight points to take its first lead since the first half. Dolson, who scored 14 p …

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