Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) had 32 points and 11 rebounds and the visiting Atlanta Dream beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 86-81, to end a four-game road losing streak Thursday night.
The Dream (16-14) held off a late rally and never trailed in the game. The victory moved them a half-game up on the Chicago Sky in the race for the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
McCoughtry had her third double double of the season, and Elizabeth Williams added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Dream had their largest lead at 67-49, but Los Angeles came within 80-78 on a 3-pointer by Kristi Toliver (Maryland) with 59 seconds left. McCoughtry and Layshia Clarendon each hit a pair of free throws and McCoughtry had a steal and layup to secure the win.
The Sparks (24-7) have gone 4-6 since their historic 20-1 start to the season but have already clinched a top-two seed and will automatically advance to the semifinals.
Essence Carson, Chelsea Gray and Candace Parker finished with 16 points each. Nneka Ogwumike scored 15.
Varsity football: Centennial's Carlos Dunmoodie was named the Ravens High School Football Coach of the Week on Thursday after leading the Eagles to their first victory in three years last week.
After losing 20 straight games, the Eagles needed less than four minutes to score on quarterback Matt Schoenberger's keeper last Friday night and they went on to defeat Hammond, 30-21.
Last season, Centennial lost to Hammond, 40-0. The Eagles did not score more than 22 points in a single game. On Friday, they scored on their first three drives.
National Women's Soccer League: Crystal Dunn and Cheyna Williams scored as the Washington Spirit beat the Seattle Reign, 2-1, on Wednesday night in Boyds to clinch home-field advantage in the playoffs and take a step closer to the Supporters' Shield. The Spirit (12-3-3) is four points ahead of the Portland Thorns (10-3-5) with two matches left. Regardless of the first-place chase, Washington will host a semifinal Sept. 30 or Oct. 1 at Maryland SoccerPlex — the first home playoff match in the club's four seasons.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
College football: Zach Abey (Archbishop Spalding) has moved up to No. 2 on Navy's depth chart at quarterback behind Will Worth, a senior who took over in the opener Saturday when senior Tago Smith suffered a season-ending knee injury. Although an untested sophomore with no varsity experience, Abey said he thinks he is prepared to take control of the triple-option offense if called upon. "I'm ready to take the next step. I'm definitely confident. I'm comfortable with everything," Abey said. The Midshipmen (1-0) will play Connecticut (1-0) on Saturday.
—Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Men's college soccer: Daniel Kwon (Severna Park) cut the deficit in half in the 83rd minute, but Navy (1-2-1) fell, 2-1, at Villanova (2-2-0). ... Brian Saramago scored in the fourth minute and Brennan Goldsmith in the 83rd as host Loyola Maryland (1-3) won, 2-0, against George Washington (1-1-2) on Wednesday night.
Women's college soccer: Clare MacAdam had two goals, helping host Navy (2-4-1) to a 5-3 victory over Maryland (2-4-1) on Wednesday night for the first time in 11 tries.
Women's college basketball: Loyola Maryland named Mary Wooley an assistant coach. She returns to the East Coast, where she played at the South Carolina-Aiken and coached at Temple before coaching at Southern California and Hawaii, where she was associate head coach the past three seasons. ... Towson promoted Erin Dickerson from assistant coach to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
Women's college volleyball: St. Mary's senior Alli Graf (Broadneck) was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
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College golf: Goucher named Texas graduate Hunter Brown its first men's and women's coach. The programs will begin competing in 2017-18.