2018-06-13 / State/National Sports

Mercury down Wings for sixth straight win

DALLAS (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 21 points, Brittney Griner added 18 before fouling out late and the Phoenix Mercury won their sixth straight with a 75-72 victory over the Dallas Wings on Tuesday night.

Taurasi made all 10 of her free throws, including three straight on one possession to tie it at 69 after Skylar Diggins- Smith was called for a technical foul. Phoenix (8-3) was 20 of 22 at the line.

Camille Little was fouled after an offensive rebound and she made both free throws to give Phoenix a 73-72 lead. After a timeout with 15.6 seconds left, Aerial Powers missed an open jumper and Diggins-Smith stepped out of bounds after getting an offensive rebound. Briann January made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left and Diggins-Smith hit the back of the rim at the buzzer.

Neither team made a field goal in the final three minutes.

Diggins-Smith, the WNBA scoring leader at 23 points per game, was held to 16 points for Dallas (4-4). The Wings scored 16 of their 32 second-half points at the free-throw line.

Wings 101, Fever 92

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 17 of her 35 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, helping the Aces beat the winless Fever.

Las Vegas opened the extra session on an 8-0 run after Indiana closed regulation by scoring eight straight points. The Fever didn’t make their first field goal of overtime until 55.4 seconds remained.

Erica Wheeler’s steal and fast-break layup pulled Indiana to 84-80 with 1:31 left in the fourth. After another Las Vegas turnover, Wheeler made a pull-up jumper in the lane for a two-point deficit and then she drew an offensive foul on Kelsey Plum. Candice Dupree tied it at 84 with 25.9 left and Kayla McBride missed three shots on Las Vegas’ final possession.

McBride scored 18 points for Las Vegas (2-7). Wilson was 16 of 24 from the field and also grabbed 13 rebounds.

Natalie Achonwa had career-highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds for Indiana (0-9), which has lost nine straight games to begin the season for the first time in franchise history. Achonwa’s former coach, Muffet McGraw, at Notre Dame sat courtside. Tiffany Mitchell added 17 points for the Fever, reaching double figures for the eighth time in nine games.

Storm 96, Sky 85

SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored a season-high 30 points to help the Storm rally past the Sky.

Seattle trailed 73-59 late in the third quarter before hitting back-to-back 3-pointers. The Storm took a 77-75 lead amid a 12-0 run — with seven points from Stewart.

The Sky only scored two points in the final four minutes.

Natasha Howard and Jewell Loyd each added 15 points for Seattle (7-3). The Storm shot 10 for 15 in the first quarter and led 29-24 behind 10 points from Stewart but were outscored 27-15 in the third.

It was Seattle’s second 14-point comeback of the season.

Diamond DeShields led Chicago (3-6) with 22 points and Allie Quigley added 20. The pair combined to make nine of the Sky’s 13 3-pointers. Chicago has lost six of its last seven.

Sparks 72, Dream 64

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker scored 18 points, Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Sparks beat the Dream.

Odyssey Sims made a hook shot in the lane to extend Los Angeles’ lead to eight points with 41.1 seconds to go and Essence Carson had a block at the other end to seal it.

Chelsea Gray added 10 points with seven assists for Los Angeles (6-2). The Sparks won four times during their fivegame homestand.

Parker scored 13 points in the first half to help Los Angeles to a 43-32 lead.

Tiffany Hayes scored 16 points for Atlanta (5-4), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Jessica Breland added 14 points and Angel McCoughtry was held to 12 points on 3-of- 14 shooting. The Dream shot just 38.5 percent from the floor, including 2 of 12 from 3-point range.

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