Sunday's WNBA Capsules
Monday, August 29, 2011
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and Maya Moore added 19 as the Minnesota Lynx clinched the top seed in the Western Conference with a 72-61 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Sunday
Minnesota (23-6) has won five straight games and swept the season series against San Antonio. It's the first time in franchise history that the Lynx have earned the top seed in the West.
Ronneka Hodges led San Antonio (13-15) with 12 points, hitting 4 of 8 3-pointers. Jia Perkins and Tully Bevilaqua added 10 each for the Silver Stars, who have lost six straight.
Over their last 12 games, the Silver Stars have lost 10 while the Lynx have won 10. San Antonio started the season 5-1 but is now is only 1½ games up on Los Angeles for the No. 4 seed in the West.
Storm 65, Sparks 63
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds left in the game to snap a tie, and Seattle hung on to beat Los Angeles.
Bird finished with 12 points and Lauren Jackson and Tanisha Wright led Seattle (17-12) with 14 points apiece.
Candace Parker scored 19 points to lead Los Angeles (12-17) and made it a double-double with 14 rebounds. Techia Penicheiro also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Seattle has beaten the Sparks in nine of their last 10 meetings.
Shock 83, Sun 72
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Sheryl Swoopes scored 22 points to help Tulsa get its second straight win following a WNBA-record 20-game losing streak.
Ivory Latta had 19 points and Tiffany Jackson added 16 points and 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season as the Shock (3-25) won consecutive games for just the second time since moving to Tulsa before last season.
Tina Charles had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Connecticut (18-11). Renee Montgomery added 12 points.
The Shock, coming off a 77-75 win at Los Angeles on Friday night, last won consecutive games on May 29 and June 4 last year.
Tulsa rallied from 15 points down early in the third period, using a 21-9 run over the final 6:48 to tie the score at 59-all.
Mercury 86, Mystics 79
WASHINGTON (AP) — Candice Dupree scored a season-high 27 points and Diana Taurasi finished with 21 points as Phoenix snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Mercury (16-12) scored the game's first points, led 11-1 less than 3 minutes in, and by 16 points in the first quarter. Phoenix, which led 43-34 at halftime, opened the second half with a 13-0 run to extend the advantage to 22 points.
Matee Ajavon's 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds remaining capped a 16-4 run over the final 4 minutes to pull the Mystics to 84-79, but Taurasi followed with two free throws.
Crystal Langhorne had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Mystics (5-23), who have lost eighth straight — matching the third-longest streak in franchise history.
Sky 74, Liberty 73
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Epiphanny Prince hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining to lift Chicago.
Sylvia Fowles and Erin Thorn scored 17 points each to lead the Sky (14-15), and Prince finished with 10 points.
Plenette Pierson scored 19 points, Nicole Powell had 15 and Cappie Pondexter 14 for the Liberty (16-13). Kia Vaughn added 12 points.
After opening a 70-60 lead, the Sky went scoreless for 5:34 as the Liberty scored 11 consecutive points to take a 71-70 lead on Essence Carson's reverse layup. Tamera Young's free throw tied the score and Pondexter hit a jumper with 50 seconds to play to puth New York up 73-71.
After Prince put the Sky ahead, Pondexter missed a 3 with 1 second left.
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