Thursday's WNBA Capsules
Friday, August 31, 2012
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tina Charles scored 22 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 84-73 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Thursday night.
Kara Lawson added 14 points, and Renee Montgomery and Kelsey Griffin each had 13 for Connecticut (19-6).
Danielle Adams scored 22 points and Sophia Young added 20 for San Antonio (17-8). Becky Hammon was held to eight points while taking only three shots.
Connecticut, which holds the league's best road record at 10-2, snapped San Antonio's nine-game winning streak at home.
After exchanging baskets for much of the first quarter, the Eastern Conference-leading Sun took command in the second. Connecticut raced to a 14-point lead midway through the quarter while holding San Antonio scoreless for a 4:17 span.
SHOCK 99, SPARKS 85
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Fill-in starter Ivory Latta had 21 points and a career-best 14 assists to lead Tulsa past Los Angeles.
Latta, a five-year veteran who replaced starting point guard Temeka Johnson in the lineup, had half of her assists in the third quarter to lead the Shock (6-19) from an eight-point halftime deficit to a 78-62 lead entering the fourth.
Tulsa had seven players in double figures, including Glory Johnson (16), Amber Holt and Jennifer Lacy (14 apiece), Roneeka Hodges (13), Riquna Williams (11) and Chante Black (10).
Kristi Toliver scored 21 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 16 for the Sparks (19-7).
FEVER 76, LIBERTY 63
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and Katie Douglas had 15 to lead Indiana to a win over New York.
Shavonte Zellous added 11 points to help the Fever (16-8) win their fourth straight and sixth in seven games since the league's monthlong Olympic break.
Cappie Pondexter and Essence Carson had 18 points each for New York (9-16), which lost its third straight. Nicole Powell added 12 points for the Liberty.
The Liberty pulled to 51-50 with 9:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Indiana scored the next 12 points to regain a double-digit lead.
DREAM 82, MYSTICS 59
ATLANTA (AP) — Erika DeSouza had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Atlanta dominated the second half against Washington to give new coach Fred Williams his first victory.
Lindsay Hardin added 16 points and Tiffany Hayes 15 for the Dream (13-13), who were again without WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry, who is suspended indefinitely.
Atlanta outscored the Mystics 51-28 after trailing 33-31 at halftime.
Monique Currie had 14 points and Crystal Langhorne scored 13 for Washington (5-20), which fell to 1-6 since the Olympic break.
McCoughtry was suspended for violating an unspecified team rule.
MERCURY 75, STORM 68
SEATTLE (AP) — DeWanna Bonner scored 24 points, Samantha Prahalis added 16 and Diana Taurasi had 13 to help Phoenix end a 10-game losing streak.
Bonner, who had 11 rebounds, scored 13 points in the second half to help Phoenix (5-19) defeat the Storm for the first time in four games this season.
Camille Little had 11 points to lead Seattle (11-14) while Tanisha Wright added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Lauren Jackson shot just 2 of 8 from the field and had six points for the Storm while Sue Bird was 3 of 9 from the field and finished with eight points and eight assists.
The Mercury broke from a 54-all tie by outscoring Seattle 13-2 to start the fourth quarter.
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