ATLANTA (AP) - Angel McCoughtry wasn't about to let the Atlanta Dream lose for the second straight night to Connecticut.
Her intensity on both ends of the floor was the difference.
``We just needed a win, that's all,'' she said. ``I'm not worried about individual stuff.''
McCoughtry scored 30 points, Erika de Souza had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Atlanta snapped a four-game skid with an 88-57 victory over the Sun on Friday night.
McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer, missed only two shots, going 9 for 11 from the field and hitting all 11 of her free throws.
Iziane Castro-Marques finished with a season-high 18 points for the Sun, who have lost four of five and suffered the franchise's third-worst loss in 11 seasons at Connecticut.
The Sun missed their first 16 shots before Castro-Marques hit a 3-pointer to make it 18-5 with 37 seconds left in the first quarter.
``Atlanta came out with a whole lot of fire and intensity and energy, and we did not,'' Sun coach Anne Donovan said. ``It was from the very beginning of the game.''
The Dream improved to 9-1 at home, but they had dropped eight of nine overall to fall into second place in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is 2 1/2 games behind Chicago.
In four games against the Sun this season, McCoughtry has a 29.8 scoring average, but her 33 points weren't enough to prevent an 88-86 loss Thursday at Connecticut.
She has scored at least 30 seven times against the Sun.
``Over the years, since she's been here, she's had some pretty good games against Connecticut,'' Atlanta coach Fred Williams said. ``Her energy level was really high tonight.''
Determined not to let Atlanta stumble again, McCoughtry had 14 points in the first quarter, five assists in the third and played just 4 minutes of the fourth.
``We just got back to the way we play with our running game,'' she said. ``Once you run and get out on the break, it's easy to pass the ball.''
McCoughtry had a flurry of three assists in a 1 minute, 13-second span of the third quarter, the best of which was a behind-the-back pass on a fast break that led to Le'Coe Willingham's layup and a 51-24 lead.
``I think we got back tonight to playing the way we want,'' Willingham said, ``and that's by playing aggressive, up tempo, getting after people defensively, and that creates our offense in the open court.''
Tan White, who hit the winning jumper with five-tenths of a second remaining for Connecticut the night before, finished with 11 points.
Tina Charles, the league's fourth-leading scorer, finished with nine points on 4-for-13 shooting.
The Sun were outscored by 20 points in the paint and by 15 on fast breaks.
Castro-Marques could tell her team was flat emotionally from the start.
``We let them have a big run and finished the first quarter up 20-7,'' she said. ``Then, even playing our way, that's hard to come back from. The same thing happened in the third quarter - a 16-0 run - and the game was over.''
The Dream play their next two at home, Sunday against Washington and Tuesday against league-leading Minnesota.
Williams hopes he's seen the last of his team playing lethargically. That was hardly the case the night before.
``I just felt our energy wasn't there for the course of that whole game on the road,'' Williams. ``I talked to them about making hard cuts and making finishes down the stretch. You can get steals, but you've got to finish at the other end.''