On Friday night, the New York Liberty came into Atlanta and dominated the Dream through three quarters. Even with Tina Charles having a lesser performance than she had been having recently, the team found a way to win 83-77 over Atlanta. Shavonte Zellous came up as the team's leading scorer to move her team to its 14th win on the season, while Atlanta fell seven games below the .500 mark. Here's the latest Liberty vs. Dream game recap including top performers and stats, as well as a WNBA standings update and what's next on the schedule.

WNBA game recap

For most New York Liberty victories, All-Star center Tina Charles finishes with a double-double stat line or 20-plus points. In tonight's game, Charles scored 15 points but came up two boards short of the double-double. Her teammate Shavonte Zellous led all Liberty players with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Zellous also added four rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block to help her team. Guard Bria Hartley scored 15 points while All-Star Sugar Rogers came off the bench to add 12 points.

For the Atlanta Dream, Brittney Sykes continues her impressive play as a rookie. She scored 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting Friday night to lead all Atlanta players. Fellow All-Star Tiffany Hayes had 13 points, while center Elizabeth Williams had 11 points and six rebounds. Layshia Clarendon ended up with eight points, eight assists, and four rebounds in the losing effort.

The Dream shot just 35.7 percent for the game but knocked down 46.7 percent of their 3-point shots. New York shot at a rate of 42.6 percent overall and 36.4 percent from downtown. They also outrebounded Atlanta 35-31 for the night, while the two teams combined for 21 turnovers together.

Standings and what's next

The win tonight for the New York Liberty puts their record at 14-12 overall and 6-8 on the season. They're still fifth overall in the WNBA standings but have an identical record to the Phoenix Mercury. New York will play again on Sunday afternoon when they host the L.A. Sparks starting at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Atlanta Dream are now 10-17 overall and 7-7 on their home court. In the WNBA standings, they're now sitting in the No. 10 spot and a game behind the Chicago Sky for the final playoff spot.

Seattle is at ninth overall and just a half game behind Chicago for that final spot. Atlanta will try to snap their six-game losing streak when they play the Stars in San Antonio on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

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