Tuesday's WNBA Capsules
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sancho Lyttle hit a 13-footer with less than a second remaining to give the Atlanta Dream a 72-70 comeback win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.
Angel McCoughtry scored 19 points for Atlanta (10-11), which has now won seven of its last nine. Erika DeSouza added 18 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season.
Matee Ajavon scored 17 of her 28 points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t prevent the Mystics from falling to their second last-second loss in three games.
Crystal Langhorne added 23 points, as Washington (4-15) put together a 19-6 run during the fourth quarter to take a 67-61 lead, only to see Atlanta close the game out on a 11-3 spurt.
Sun 69, Sky 58
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tina Charles scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double to tie the WNBA record, helping the Sun beat the Sky.
Charles matched Lauren Jackson’s mark set in 2003.
Kara Lawson added 14 points for Connecticut (14-7), which won for the eighth time in the last 10 games. Asjha Jones had 12 points and Renee Montgomery added 10.
Sylvia Fowles led Chicago (10-13) with 19 points and Shay Murphy added 18. Tamera Young had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Liberty 58, Storm 56
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Cappie Pondexter scored 19 points, including the go-ahead layup with 41 seconds remaining, to lift the Liberty to a victory over the Storm.
Plenette Pierson had nine points and eight rebounds to help New York (13-9) win for the third time in four games. The Liberty shot 39 percent from the field, including 4 for 12 on 3-pointers.
Sue Bird scored 17 points and Tanisha Wright and Katie Smith had 11 apiece for Seattle (12-10), which had won five of their previous seven. The Storm were 31 percent from the field (21 for 68), including 8 for 21 on 3s.
After Pondexter put the Liberty ahead, Bird missed a 3-pointer from the right corner with 20 seconds to go and a short jumper inside the free throw line with about 10 seconds left. The ball was knocked out of bounds by New York and Seattle’s Swin Cash missed a layup after the ensuing inbounds play.
Fever 81, Silver Stars 68
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tamika Catchings scored 21 points to lead a balanced offense and provided a defensive gem as the Fever rolled to a big lead early, then held on for a win over the Silver Stars.
Erin Phillips added 18 points and Katie Douglas had 13 for the Eastern Conference-leading Fever (16-7).
Becky Hammon scored 19 points and fueled a fourth-quarter rally by San Antonio (12-9), second in the Western Conference.
Indiana led by as many as 20 points before Hammon scored 15 points in the period to help the Silver Stars cut the deficit to 74-64 with 2:17 to play.
The Fever turned the ball over, with Hammon racing to the basket on a breakaway. But Catchings caught her and stripped the ball away.
Mercury 85, Lynx 80
PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 26 points and made a key steal in the final 20 seconds to help the Mercury snap the Lynx’s franchise-best nine-game winning streak.
DeWanna Bonner hit the second of two free throws with 36 seconds remaining to give Phoenix a 78-77 lead. On the Lynx’s subsequent possession, Rebekkah Brunson had the ball on the baseline in traffic just a few feet from the basket but Taurasi knocked the ball away and was fouled to help Phoenix secure the victory.
She made two free throws with 19 seconds left to give the Mercury an 80-77 lead.
Maya Moore scored 28 points and Seimone Augustus added 26 points to lead the Lynx, who had not lost since a 112-105 defeat to Phoenix on July 13. Lindsay Whalen had 15 points.
Augustus and Whalen both passed the 3,000-point mark in the game, becoming the first pair of teammates in league history to reach that plateau in the same game.
Sparks 71, Shock 66
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ticha Penicheiro scored a season-high 23 points and the Sparks handed the Shock their 15th straight loss.
Natasha Lacy and Tina Thompson had 12 points apiece to help the Sparks snap a three-game losing skid. Penicheiro added seven rebounds and seven assists.
Tiffany Jackson led Tulsa with 18 points and Liz Cambage scored 16 points off the bench.
Cambage kept things close down the stretch, making a pair of free throws cut it to 68-64 with 1:14 left. Moments later Sheryl Swoopes was whistled for a technical, resulting in a Thompson free throw for the Sparks’ 69-64 advantage.
Cambage’s layup then made it 69-66, but Swoopes missed a jumper, and following an intentional foul, Penicheiro hit a pair of free throws for the game’s final points.
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