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Courtney Williams explodes for Dream in overtime win over Liberty


Saturday’s game between the Atlanta Dream and New York Liberty came down to the final possession. In the end, it was the Dream who prevailed in overtime, defeating the Liberty 90-87.

Courtney Williams came up clutch for Atlanta, recording a near triple-double with 31 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Critical on both sides of the ball, Williams made decisive offensive rebounds down the stretch and drained the game-winning 3-pointer.

Elizabeth Williams contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, recording her first double-double of the season. Chennedy Carter added 12 points before leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury.

Despite playing from behind for most of the game, the Liberty never lost their grit.

Betnijah Laney notched her seventh consecutive game of 20 points or more. Michaela Onyenwere, New York’s sixth overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft, had a career-high 29 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Sami Whitcomb’s defense at the end of regulation pushed the game to overtime, but the Liberty ultimately couldn’t hang on.

Saturday’s defeat was the Liberty’s first home loss of the year.

New York (5-2) will next host the Las Vegas Aces on Thursday. The Dream will look to extend their four-game win streak against the Lynx in Minnesota on Friday.