Thursday's WNBA Capsules
Friday, August 24, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) — Shavonte Zellous' buzzer-beating 3-pointer capped Indiana's closing 15-0 run and lifted the Fever to a 68-66 victory over the Seattle Storm on Thursday night.
Tamika Catchings had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Fever (13-8), who trailed by 13 with 4:04 to go. Briann January added 11 points and Zellous finished with 10.
Camille Little scored 15 points to lead Seattle (10-13), who were 0 for 5 from the field and committed four turnovers over the final 3:50. Sue Bird added 14 points, Shekinna Stricklen had 13 and Ewelina Kobryn 10.
The loss spoiled Lauren Jackson's anticipated season debut with the Storm. The three-time MVP, who missed the first half of the season while training with the Australian national team for the Olympics, finished with four points and six rebounds in about 24 minutes.
SPARKS 101, SILVER STARS 77
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristi Toliver matched career highs with 29 points and six 3-pointers, Alana Beard added 21 points and Los Angeles won its eighth sstraight and snapped San Antonio's 12-game winning streak.
DeLisha Milton-Jones had 14 points as the Sparks (18-6) got their longest win streak since an eight-game run June 2006. Los Angeles, which improved to 11-1 at Staples Center, had lost the first three meetings against San Antonio — including its only home defeat on June 24.
Danielle Robinson had a season-high 22 points to lead the Silver Stars (16-6) and Shenise Johnson had 15.
Los Angeles moved one game behind defending champion Minnesota for first place in the Western Conference.
LIBERTY 89, MERCURY 77
PHOENIX (AP) — Cappie Pondexter scored 31 points as New York won for the third time in four games and handed Phoenix its ninth straight loss.
Nicole Powell and Leilani Mitchell scored 13 points each, Plenette Pierson had 12 points and Kara Braxton added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Liberty (9-13).
Pondexter shot 9 for 15 from the field — 5 for 9 on 3pointers — and was 8 for 8 from the free-throw line. New York moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference, one-half game ahead of Chicago and two games behind third-place Atlanta.
DeWanna Bonner scored 34 points for Phoenix (4-18), which continued to play without several of its injured regulars.