ATLANTA (AP) Erika de Souza had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and rookie guard Shoni Schimmel scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter in the Atlanta Dream's 79-75 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Friday night in the opener for both teams.
Two-time WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry added 21 points for Atlanta, hitting two free throws with 2.4 seconds left put the game out of reach after the defending Eastern Conference champions rallied from a late four-point deficit.
Point guard Danielle Robinson scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half for the Stars. Danielle Adams added 18 points for San Antonio.
Sophia Young-Malcolm had a chance to give the Stars the lead with 1:39 left, but she missed two free throws and Atlanta forward Sancho Lyttle rebounded the second.
Moments later at the other end of the court, de Souza rebounded her missed shot, put it right back up and was fouled by San Antonio center Jayne Appel. After a miss and a make from the line by the Brazilian center, Atlanta led 73-72 with 1:22 to go.
Robinson made her first six free throws, but missed with 57 seconds to go before making her second to tie the score.
McCoughtry wiggled free in the paint to give Atlanta a 75-73 lead with 42 seconds left, and again, not surprisingly, the ball ended up in Robinson's hands.
She converted on a drive down the middle with 39 seconds left for what appeared to be the 20th tie of the game, but the former Oklahoma star was called for a charge and the basket was waved off.
San Antonio's Kayla McBride turned the ball over seconds later to set up a pair of free throws by Schimmel, whom the Dream drafted No. 8 overall out of Louisville.
The Dream led 38-36 at halftime after shooting 53.3 percent (16-for-30) over the first two quarters, when de Souza scored 12 and McCoughtry and Lyttle added eight each.