Rhyne Howard scores 22 as Dream improve to 6-3

Rhyne Howard (left), coach Tanisha Wright and the Dream are 6-3. File photo

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Rhyne Howard (left), coach Tanisha Wright and the Dream are 6-3. File photo

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@

Rhyne Howard scored 22 points, Kristy Wallace made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 18 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the Minnesota Lynx 84-76 on Wednesday night in College Park.

Howard, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 WNBA draft, was named the Rookie of the Month for May, the league announced earlier Wednesday.

Wallace, a rookie from Baylor, entered with just five 3-pointers on the season. She finished 5 of 6 from long range to help Atlanta go 12 for 28.

Erica Wheeler and Aari McDonald each scored 13 points for Atlanta (6-3). Monique Billings had 10 points and nine rebounds. Wheeler also had nine of the Dream’s 21 assists on 33 made baskets.

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Atlanta forced Minnesota into 24 turnovers as Aari McDonald had seven steals.

Kayla McBride scored 20 points and Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 20 rebounds for Minnesota (2-8), which is in last place in the WNBA standings. Nikolina Milic added 14 points.

Atlanta led 43-37 at halftime behind 12 points from Howard.