Tina Charles tallied 14 points and eight rebounds and the visiting New York Liberty led most of the way in a 71-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream in the regular-season finale between the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference on Sunday afternoon.
The Liberty (10-24) ended the season by halting a six-game losing streak. New York had already secured the top odds in the upcoming draft lottery by having the worst record in the WNBA over the last two seasons at 17-51.
Charles made 6-of-11 shots and had a team-high five assists. Amanda Zahui B added 13 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which shot 39.5 percent overall.
Atlanta reserve Alex Bentley led all scorers with 17 points. Brittney Sykes added 12 while Jessica Breland contributed 10 points and 12 boards. Atlanta (8-26) shot 35.8 percent and missed 19 of 23 3-point attempts.
Atlanta guard Angel McCoughtry suited up in a ceremonial move after recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season and made a three-second appearance in the first quarter.
The Dream finished with their second-worst record since entering the league in 2008. They won 23 games and reached the conference finals last season.
New York shot 50 percent and held a 21-17 lead after the opening quarter. The Liberty expanded their lead to 44-38 at halftime on a jumper by Kia Nurse with 2.2 seconds left.
New York ended the third on a 13-6 run and took a 62-49 lead into the fourth. The Liberty opened a 66-49 lead on a basket by Maria Johannes with 7:44 left in the fourth, but New York missed 10 straight shots before Bria Hartley's layup made it 68-56 left with 2:56 remaining.
--Field Level Media