Tuesday's WNBA Capsules
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Becky Hammon scored 22 points and San Antonio’s reserves combined for 35 points as the Silver Stars held off the Washington Mystics 73-67 on Tuesday night.
Quiet offensively much of the second half, Hammon’s 3-pointer with 4:56 left in the game broke a 57-all tie and gave the Silver Stars (10-5) the lead for good.
Crystal Langhorne scored 19 points and Marissa Coleman added 14 points for the Mystics (3-12), losers of two straight and seven of eight overall.
Trailing 63-61 with 2:54 remaining after a pair of free throws by Nicky Anosike, the Mystics (3-12) missed an opportunity on the subsequent possession to tie it again. The Silver Stars then scored the next six points, capped by Hammon’s two free throws, and made six straight from the line over the final 29 seconds.
Lynx 85, Sparks 72
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seimone Augustus scored 22 points as Minnesota got its sixth win in seven games.
Lindsay Whalen had 16 points and seven assists and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota (11-4), which scored a franchise-record 35 points off the Sparks’ 25 turnovers
The Lynx never trailed, and held a 20-point lead at one point for the eighth time this season.
Kristi Toliver scored 28 points for the Sparks (6-9), who lost their third straight to fall to 2-3 since interim coach Joe Bryant replaced Jennifer Gillom on July 12.
The Lynx won despite the ejection of All-Star forward Rebekkah Brunson in the fourth quarter after she was whistled for her second technical foul. Brunson finished with six points and six rebounds in nearly 24 minutes.
Sun 77, Sky 66
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Asjha Jones scored 22 points, Tina Charles had 21 and Connecticut broke open a close game in the third quarter.
Kara Lawson and Renee Montgomery added 14 points each for the Sun (10-5), winners of four straight.
Epiphanny Prince scored 16 points to lead Chicago (8-10), which has lost two straight. Sylvia Fowles was held to 14 points — 6.6 below her league-leading average — and Tamera Young added 10.
Jones had seven points as the Sun extended a 34-32 halftime lead to 51-39 with under 4 minutes left in the third quarter. The Sky got no closer than six the rest of the way.
Chicago led 25-15 in the second quarter before Jones scored nine straight points during Connecticut’s 15-2 run later in the quarter that gave it a 34-29 lead.
Dream 76, Shock 68
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored a career-high 37 points and Atlanta held off struggling Tulsa.
Coco Miller added 12 points to help the Dream (7-9) win the their fourth straight overall and second in row on the road after losing their previous three away from home. McCoughtry shot 11 for 22 from the field and 15 for 19 on free throws.
Rookie center Liz Cambage scored 16 points and Sheryl Swoopes had 12 to lead the Shock (1-15). Tiffany Jackson had 11 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double. Swoopes also had five rebounds to top 1,500 for her career and Ivory Latta scored nine points to get to 1,000 in her career.
Storm 83, Mercury 77
PHOENIX (AP) — Sue Bird had 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals as Seattle held off Phoenix.
Camille Little added 15 points and five rebounds as the Storm (9-7) won their second straight after a three-game skid.
Diana Taurasi scored 26 points and added four assists for Phoenix (10-5), which has lost two straight after winning six in a row. Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner each had 10 points for the Mercury.
Phoenix went on a 17-6 run to get within a point with 1 minute remaining, but Little took the ball away from Taurasi and made a breakaway layup with 24 seconds left to help secure the win.
Taurasi missed the second of two free throws, leaving the Mercury down 79-77 with 20 seconds remaining. Bird slipped on the subsequent possession and was forced into a jump ball. Bonner won the tip but Tanisha Wright got possession for Seattle and made two free throws with 14 seconds left.