Sunday’s WNBA Capsules
Monday, September 12, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Angel McCoughtry had 32 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 93-88 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday night in their final regular-season game.
Alison Bales scored 15 points, and Lindsey Harding added 13 for the Dream (20-14), who clinched the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Katie Douglas scored 30 points for the top-seeded Fever (21-13), including 16 points on four 3-pointers in the second quarter. Reserve Jessica Davenport scored 15 points and Tangela Smith had 14.
The Fever played without forward Tamika Catchings for the first time this season. Catchings sat out because of a sprained knee.
The Dream will face the Connecticut Sun in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Fever will take on the New York Liberty.
Sun 69, Liberty 63
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tina Charles scored 18 points and added 17 rebounds for her WNBA-record 23rd double-double of the season to lead Connecticut past New York.
Connecticut (21-13) earned home-court advantage in the first round of the WNBA playoffs against Atlanta.
Charles owned the previous double-double record of 22, set last season.
Asjha Jones added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Sun.
Nicole Powell led New York (19-15) with 14 points. Cappie Pondexter had 12 points on 5 of 21 shooting, and Kara Braxton finished 5 of 5 for 10 points.
Storm 81, Sky 70
SEATTLE (AP) — Katie Smith and Camille Little had 17 points apiece to lead the defending WNBA champion Seattle over Chicago.
Swin Cash added 15, and Sue Bird had 10 for Seattle (21-13), which has won eight of nine. The Storm had already secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Sylvia Fowles scored 19 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter to lead Chicago (14-20), which finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and failed to make the playoffs. Fowles made all 12 of her free throw attempts.
Cathrine Kraayeveld added 12 points for Chicago.
Seattle’s Lauren Jackson sat out to rest for the playoff opener Thursday at home against Phoenix.
Lynx 96, Mercury 90
PHOENIX (AP) — Maya Moore, Monica Wright and Seimone Augustus all scored 15 points, and Minnesota beat Phoenix in the regular-season finale for both teams.
As the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, Minnesota (27-7) will host San Antonio on Friday in the opener of the best-of-3 semifinal series. Third-place Phoenix (19-15) will travel to Seattle for its first game of the playoffs on Thursday.
Diana Taurasi led the Mercury with 19 points and won the WNBA scoring title for the fourth consecutive season. She also grabbed five rebounds.
Taurasi secured her fifth scoring title in her eight-year career when she made a 3-pointer with 6:15 left. Her average of 21.6 points per game edged out Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry.
Minnesota, which has won nine of 10, owns home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Silver Stars 102, Shock 94, OT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Danielle Robinson, who led the Oklahoma Sooners to two Final Four appearances, scored a career-high 36 points to lead San Antonio to an overtime victory over Tulsa.
Andrea Riley scored a career-best 20 points for the Shock (3-31), who set the WNBA record for fewest wins in a season. Sheryl Swoopes also had 20 points for Tulsa, followed by Tiffany Jackson with 19.
Joining Robinson in double figures for the Silver Stars (18-16) was Jia Perkins, who had 22 points, including four 3-pointers and Danielle Adams, who finished with 14 points.