ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Epiphanny Prince scored 24 points, Courtney Vandersloot had 16 and the Chicago Sky rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat the Atlanta Dream 81-69 on Saturday night.
Michelle Snow added 13 points and Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Sky (6-6), who were down 13 in the first half. Fowles also tied a career high with five blocks.
"I just wanted to be aggressive and attack the rim," Prince said. "I didn't think I was doing that well on defense, but I just wanted to be aggressive."
Angel McCoughtry scored 17 points to lead the Dream (3-8), including eight in the final period. Erika DeSouza added 14 points, Iziana Castro Marques had 12 and Armintie Price added 10 for Atlanta.
"They came out the second half more aggressive than we were," McCoughtry said. "I think we weren't as focused and they adjusted and I think that's when they made their move."
Chicago took its first lead, 54-53, on Erin Thorn's pull-up jumper with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter. The Sky held the lead until McCoughtry made two free throws to put the Dream ahead 63-62 with 5:06 to go.
However, Tamera Young's jumper 17 seconds later regained Chicago's lead and started a 9-0 run, and the Sky didn't trail again. Chicago made 10 consecutive free throws in the final 1:25 -- including eight from Prince -- to seal the win.
"We just had to play hard. We came out a little bit slow, but we knew that if we played and fought hard we would be back into it," Vandersloot said. "We just had to take it each possession at a time and focus and execute down the stretch."
Price had all of her scoring in seven minutes in the first half, including a layup that gave Atlanta a 30-17 lead with 6:42 to go in the second quarter. The Dream, who had 18 fastbreak points in the first two quarters, led 39-31 at the break.
"Coming out the half we talked about the fortune of only being down by eight," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. "They were plus-eight on the boards, they had 23 in transition and we had 14 turnovers. So I said we should send them a thank you card because we should be down 18."
Fowles, limited to just two points in the first 20 minutes, hit two quick buckets as Chicago went on a 10-2 run to tie the score at 41-all with 7:39 remaining in the third quarter.
DeSouza had six points and McCoughtry made a basket over the next 3:29 to help Atlanta take a 52-45 lead. The Sky made another run to cut the deficit to 53-52 by quarter's end.
"We played a really good first half ... Chicago played a really good second half," Dream coach Marynell Meadors said. "When it came down to the last couple minutes of the game I felt like we were making a lot of mistakes and they were taking advantage of ours and we did not take advantage of theirs."
The Dream, who entered the game with the league's third-lowest shooting percentage (40 percent), were 28 of 72 (38.4 percent) on Saturday. After a poor start, Chicago improved to 28 of 62 (45.2 percent) and hit 22 of 29 free throws.
Atlanta forward Sancho Lyttle made the trip to Chicago, but sat out with a sore back She missed six games while playing with the Spanish national team in the Eurobasket Women 2011 tourney. Lyttle was averaging 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in four games.
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