INDIANAPOLIS — Lindsey Harding scored 23 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 75-66 victory over the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday night.
WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry added 16 points and nine rebounds for Atlanta, which beat Indiana in three games in the East finals a year ago.
Katie Douglas scored 13 points and Tamika Catchings had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Fever.
Game 2 is Sunday in Atlanta.
The Dream jumped out to a 25-15 lead in the first quarter and were up by nine at the break. Atlanta scored 11 points off Indiana turnovers in the first half.
Indiana went on a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to close the gap, but it wasn’t enough.
The Fever, who were the top 3-point shooting team during the regular season at 40 percent, went 3 for 13.