Maya Caldwell quickly helps Dream equal win total of last season

Maya Caldwell scored 10 points in the first half. File photo by Miguel Martinez/miguel.martinezjimenez@ajc.com

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Maya Caldwell scored 10 points in the first half. File photo by Miguel Martinez/miguel.martinezjimenez@ajc.com

Maya Caldwell scored 18 points, Rhyne Howard added 16 points and eight rebounds, and the Dream beat the visiting Dallas Wings 80-75 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Atlanta (8-8) equaled its win total from last season. The Dream went 8-24 in 2021.

Caldwell, who played at Georgia, was signed on Monday.

Aari McDonald drove into the lane and sank a floater to give the Dream a 77-72 lead. Marina Mabrey made a long 3-ponter with 29.8 seconds left to pull Dallas within 79-75 but she missed one on the next possession after Howard made a free throw.

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McDonald finished with 15 points and Cheyenne Parker had 14 for the Dream.

Parker made a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to extend Atlanta’s lead to 51-40 after closing on a 10-2 run over the final three minutes. Howard scored 15 points in the first half.

Atlanta led 67-56 with 4:19 remaining in the third but went scoreless the rest of the quarter as Dallas scored the next 10.

Allisha Gray the Wings (8-9) with 18 points. Arike Ogunbowale and Teaira McCowan each scored 14.