Friday's WNBA action included the Atlanta Dream hosting the Indiana Fever in a battle of teams trying to stay near the top eight of the standings. It ended up a lopsided victory in favor of the home team with Layshia Clarendon erupting for 27 points on the night. Here's the latest on how the Fever vs. Dream game played out including top performers, as well as a standings update, and what's next for the two WNBA teams.

WNBA game recap

The Atlanta Dream were led by Clarendon, who shot 11-for-15 from the field and finished with 27 points. She also dished out six assists and grabbed eight rebounds in the win. The Dream's rookie Brittney Sykes added 18 points while Tiffany Hayes finished with 11 points, five assists, and five rebounds. Elizabeth Williams also tied her season-high of six blocks for the game, making it her second-straight game she's hit that number.

For Clarendon, her 27 was a career-high. She tied her previous mark of 19 points at the half but added more in the second half to eclipse the number.

On the losing side, the Indiana Fever received 15 points from Shenise Johnson and 14 points from Erica Wheeler.

Candice Dupree also finished with 14 points on the night, but no other player contributed more than nine points for the evening. As a team, they hit just 27-of-67 shots and only 2-of-13 from downtown. In addition, they only hit 70.6% of free throw attempts and turned the ball over 15 times.

The Fever ended up shooting at 40.8 percent for the game and just 15.4 percent from three-point range. Meanwhile, Atlanta knocked down their shots at a rate of 53.2 percent and outrebounded the visitors 35-26 to capture the latest home win.

Basically, Atlanta controlled this game from start to finish. The Dream held a 48-38 advantage at the half and continued to outscore their opponents after that. It was a 20-16 third quarter, followed by a 21-14 finish to put the game out of Indiana's reach.

Standings & what's next

The latest win moved the Atlanta Dream to 7-8 overall and helped them stay at No. 8 in the overall WNBA standings. Next up, they'll face the Dallas Wings at home.

Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday afternoon.

The Indiana Fever are just below the top eight teams in the standings with a record of 7-9. They'll try to bounce back in their next game and could catch a break as they play the one-win San Antonio Stars. That game is slated for July 12th at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

The basketball league will break in about two weeks for the annual WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, July 22nd.

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