July 21, 2014

Six Minnesota players scored in double figures when the Lynx ran roughshod over the Atlanta Dream and won by 32 points on June 10 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

The Dream have a chance to pay back the Lynx on Wednesday, but the task of beating Minnesota at home is a tall one, for sure.

The Lynx have the second-best record in the league at 19-4. They are 9-2 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games and have won four straight.

But no team is soaring as high as the Dream as the WNBA prepares for a monthlong hiatus because of the Summer Olympics.

Atlanta heads into Wednesday's 1 p.m. tip-off with a chance to knock off the league's two best teams in consecutive games. The Dream are still savoring Sunday's 91-74 victory over Los Angeles, which prevented the Sparks (20-2) from setting a WNBA record for the best mark after 22 games.

After losing to Indiana, Atlanta coach Michael Cooper had a heart-to-hear with his team, stressing effort and fundamentals to his players. The message was heard loud and clear, and the result was a 17-point win over the Sparks.

And despite just being 4-6 in their last 10 games, the 12-11 Dream are a confident bunch heading into Minnesota.

Leading scorer Angel McCoughtry, at 18.9 points per game, has struggled from the field in the past three games going 11-for-33.

Layshia Clarendon sparked the effort and picked up the slack against the Sparks. Clarendon toyed with a triple-double as she recorded 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The defending WNBA champs took notice of the Dream's win against the Sparks and won't be looking past Atlanta.

Maya Moore leads four Lynx players in double figures at 20.0 points per game.

Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles remains a handful inside. She ranks sixth in field-goal percentage at .575 while averaging 12.9 points and 8.5 rebounds.

In Sunday's overtime win over Dallas, Fowles grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds, matched her season high with four blocks and notched her fifth double-double.

The Lynx will play host to the Seattle Storm on Friday while Atlanta will entertain Dallas.

The WNBA schedule resumes after the Olympics on Aug. 26.

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