WNBA: Tiffany Hayes leads Dream over Liberty in OT

Tiffany Hayes made her first appearance in the WNBA season after missing the first 19 games and the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 92-81 in overtime. Hayes finished with 21 points Thursday’s night game, with nine of them coming in the overtime.

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.

The Liberty trailed 63-50 early in the fourth quarter before scoring 17 straight points to take its first lead since the first half. Stephanie Dolson finished with 20 points while Sabrina Ionescu had 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for New York.

New York led 18-13 after one before the Dream took a 41-36 lead at the half behind 10 points from Kristy Wallace. Atlanta extended the lead to 61-48 heading into the final quarter before the Dream fell apart.

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Eric Wheeler had 10 points and eight assists, while Rhyne Howard finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Atlanta(9-11) bounced back in the OT as Hayes scored the first seven points of the OT to give her team an 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 would not let the Liberty get any closer.

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