Sunday's WNBA Capsules
Monday, June 18, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird scored 21 points and Tanisha Wright added 12 points and eight assists as the Seattle Storm beat Minnesota 65-62 on Sunday night, handing the defending champion Lynx their first loss of the season.
Tina Thompson added 10 points for the Storm (3-7), including two game-clinching free throws with 1 second remaining. Thompson also grabbed two key rebounds in the final 5 seconds, including an offensive board with 1.9 to go after Bird missed two free throws.
Maya Moore scored 14 points and Seimone Augustus added 12 for the Lynx (10-1), who had set the record for the longest unbeaten start in WNBA history.
The Lynx rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second quarter to pull to 63-62 on Moore's two free throws with 1:05 to go. However neither team scored until Thompson's last second free throws.
SHOCK 87, MERCURY 75
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Rookie Riquna Williams scored 15 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to lead Tulsa to its first win of the season.
Temeka Johnson scored 13 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter against her former team to help the Shock (1-9) pull away after the teams entered the final period tied at 56. Tulsa had lost 15 straight overall since beating Connecticut 83-72 last Aug. 28.
DeWanna Bonner scored 24 points and Charde Houston added 22 to lead Phoenix (2-7), which beat Tulsa twice earlier this season for both of its wins.
The Mercury, already without the injured Diana Taurasi, also lost second-leading scorer Candice Dupree to a knee injury late in the first quarter. She did not return and finished with just four points.
SUN 75, DREAM 73
ATLANTA (AP) — Tina Charles had 23 points and a season-high 22 rebounds, and made two tiebreaking free throws with 3.1 seconds left to give Connecticut its only lead.
Renee Montgomery finished with 19 points and Kara Lawson added 11 for Connecticut, which has won five of six.
Armintie Price scored a season-high 20 points and Sancho Lyttle had 15 for the Dream.
Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer, missed the game for Atlanta because of a sprained left knee.
Lyttle missed a baseline runner that didn't touch the rim as time expired.