Road loss drops Dream to 2-6 start

Jessica Breland scored 17 for the Dream. (File photo)

Jessica Breland scored 17 for the Dream. (File photo)

Shekinna Stricklen made seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points and the Connecticut Sun beat the Atlanta Dream 86-76 on Friday night to extend their franchise-record, regular-season home winning streak to 13 games.

Brittney Sykes scored 14 of her season-high 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Dream (2-6).

Jessica Breland had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Dream, and Tiffany Hayes had 12 points, five rebounds and six assists. The Dream have lost six of seven.

Jonquel Jones added 18 points and eight rebounds for Connecticut (9-1). The Sun have won seven straight overall.

Stricklen made three 3-pointers in the first half to help Connecticut build a 39-25 lead. The Dream shot just 26.5% in the first half, including 2 of 11 from 3-point range. Connecticut started the second half on an 11-3 run for a 50-28 lead and finished the quarter with 26 points.

The Dream pulled to 75-70 late in the fourth, but Stricklen answered with her sixth 3-pointer and Jones made a hook shot on the Sun's next possession.

The Dream returns home for a 2018 semifinals rematch with the Washington Mystics at State Farm Arena Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN.