Saturday's WNBA Capsules
Sunday, August 26, 2012
ATLANTA (AP) — Seimone Augustus scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson added 21 and the Minnesota Lynx won their sixth straight game with an 84-74 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Saturday night.
The victory at Phillips Arena was Minnesota's first since sweeping Atlanta in the WNBA finals last year.
Angel McCoughtry, who began the game leading the league with a 22.7 scoring average, finished with 14 points. McCoughtry did not play in the last two games because of personal reasons and was held out of the starting lineup.
Sancho Lyttle added 14 points for Atlanta, which had won two straight and three of four.
Augustus, the MVP of last year's finals, scored eight points in the third quarter. She hit 17-foot jump shots on consecutive possessions to push Minnesota's lead to 63-54 at the 3:20 mark.
Minnesota improved the WNBA's best record to 19-4. The Lynx are 8-3 on the road.
SILVER STARS 91, SHOCK 71
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jia Perkins scored 21 points and Danielle Adams added 18 to lead the Silver Stars to a victory over the Shock.
Sophia Young added 15 points and Becky Hammon 13 for San Antonio (17-6).
Riquna Williams led Tulsa (4-19) with 17 points and Ivory Latta added 15. They were the only two players in double figures.
Two days after having their 12-game winning streak snapped by the Sparks in Los Angeles, San Antonio extended its home winning streak to nine. The Silver Stars only loss at home came in their opener May 30 against Chicago.
San Antonio outscored Tulsa 47-25 in the second and third quarters in securing its ninth straight victory over the Shock.
FEVER 85, MERCURY 72
PHOENIX (AP) — Briann January scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Fever to a win over Phoenix, handing the Mercury their 10th straight loss.
Katie Douglas added 16 points and six rebounds for Indiana (14-8), which has won four of its last five games and moved three games behind first-place Connecticut in the Eastern Conference.
Diana Taurasi, in just her third game with the Mercury (4-19) this season, scored 19 points. It was Taurasi's first game for Phoenix since leading the U.S. to a fifth straight gold medal at the Olympics.
The Fever ran off seven straight points early in the fourth quarter to pull away after Phoenix had gotten within 62-56 with 9:33 remaining.
SPARKS 87, LIBERTY 62
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristi Toliver scored 26 points and Candace Parker added 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks to help the Sparks win their ninth straight game with a victory over the Liberty.
The Sparks (19-6) led wire-to-wire and got another excellent game from Toliver, who scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. Toliver, coming off a career-high tying 29-point game, made back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead to 77-58 and another to make it 82-60.
L.A.'s last nine-game win streak was in 2003, when it started the season 9-0.
Parker scored 10 points in the second half after she missed seven of her first eight shots of the game and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 12 points.