Friday's WNBA Capsules
Saturday, September 3, 2011
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tina Charles had 10 points, 10 assists and 16 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 83-55 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night.
Charles' triple double was the first in franchise history and the fifth in the league with the last one coming on May 21, 2005, when Deanna Nolan had a triple for the Detroit Shock at Connecticut.
Danielle McCray had 14 points, Kara Lawson scored 12 and Asjha Jones added 10 for the Sun (19-12), who moved within a half-game of Indiana for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Katie Douglas had 12 points and Tamika Catchings added 11 for the Fever (19-11).
Liberty 78, Lynx 62
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Leilani Mitchell scored 24 points, hitting six 3-pointers, and New York clinched a playoff spot with the victory.
Cappie Pondexter added 13 points and seven assists for New York (18-13), which is in third in the Eastern Conference standings. Plenette Pierson scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in helping the Liberty break the Lynx's six-game win streak.
Seimone Augustus scored 17 and Maya Moore added 16 for Minnesota (24-7), which clinched the WNBA's best record despite the loss and will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Storm 78, Shock 72
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Sue Bird scored 21 points to help Seattle rally for a victory and a playoff berth.
Lauren Jackson added 20 points and Swin Cash had 13 for the Storm (18-13), who had won four straight coming in but trailed by nine points at halftime.
Jennifer Lacy scored 18 points for the Shock (3-27), Amber Holt added 17 and Tiffany Jackson had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Dream 95, Mystics 73
ATLANTA (AP) — Armintie Price scored 19 points, Angel McCoughtry added 16 and fill-in starter Alison Bales had a career-high 15 to move Atlanta within one win of a spot in the playoff.
The Dream (17-14) have won nine of their past 12 games, and the 2010 WNBA finalists hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. They need a win over their final three games or a loss by fifth-place Chicago (14-16) to sew up a playoff spot.
The 6-foot-7 Bales made three 3-pointers to push her season total to five and edge Atlanta closer to its third postseason in a row.
Rookie guard Jasmine Thomas scored a career-high 19 points for Washington (6-25) and All-Star forward Crystal Langhorne added 15.
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