Thursday's WNBA Capsules
Friday, July 1, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) — Erika DeSouza tied a career high with 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Lindsey Harding scored 25 points and the Atlanta Dream rallied for an 87-81 victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday night.
DeSouza’s size and agility caused matchup problems for the Liberty, who were outscored 46-22 in the paint. She shot 11 for 16 from the field as the Dream (3-7) snapped a two-game skid.
Cappie Pondexter scored 24 points for New York (4-5), which couldn’t hold a 10-point after Plenette Pierson hit an 18-footer with 3:40 left in the third quarter.
DeSouza’s two free throws with 5:11 left put Atlanta ahead 73-72 and it never trailed again. She hit a 17-footer from the right baseline for an 83-78 lead as the shot clock was expiring with 45.7 seconds remaining.
Lynx 101, Shock 71
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Lindsay Whalen scored 13 of her 21 points in the second period, Candice Wiggins added 18 points and Minnesota cruised past Tulsa.
Rebekkah Brunson and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 12 points each and Maya Moore scored 11 for the Lynx (6-3).
Ivory Latta scored 13 points for Tulsa (1-9), finishing three shy of reaching 1,000 for her career. Kayla Pedersen scored 12 points, and Tiffany Jackson and Jennifer Lacy had 11 each.
Minnesota outscored Tulsa 31-12 in the second quarter and led by 26 in the early minutes of the third.
The Shock’s Sheryl Swoopes suffered a hamstring injury early in the game and did not return. She finished with five points in about 6 1/2 minutes.
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