Sunday's WNBA Capsules
Monday, June 25, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) — Ann Wauters had 14 points and seven rebounds to help the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 72-55 on Sunday for their fourth consecutive victory.
Sue Bird added 14 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Storm (5-7).
Crystal Langhorne led Washington (2-8) with 21 points. Matee Ajavon added 11, and Noelle Quinn had 10.
Seattle never trailed again after Bird hit a free throw to put the Storm up 10-9 with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter.
Seattle led 31-20 at the half after an efficient second quarter during which it shot 54.5 percent. Washington's 20 points were the fewest Seattle allowed in a half this season. The Mystics scored just nine points in the second period, shooting 4 for 19 from the field.
DREAM 74, LIBERTY 64
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points and Sancho Lyttle added 19 to lead Atlanta over New York.
McCoughtry shot 7 for 20 from the field and 8 for 10 on free throws in her return after missing two games due to a knee injury, helping the Dream (5-7) snap a two-game skid.
Leilani Mitchell scored 16 points, Kara Braxton had 14, and Cappie Pondexter and DeMya Walker added 12 each as New York (4-9) lost for the fourth time in five games. New York's lone win during that stretch came at Atlanta last Tuesday in a game McCoughtry missed.
SILVER STARS 91, SPARKS 71
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sophia Young scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures, and San Antonio handed Los Angeles its first loss at home.
The Silver Stars (5-5) led wire to wire and snapped a four-game, road-losing streak. They won consecutive games for the first time this season and improved to 2-0 against Los Angeles.
The Sparks (10-4) were attempting to start 7-0 at home for the first time since 2006. They had won eight consecutive at home dating to last season.
Young scored 13 points in the second half. She made jumpers to give San Antonio leads of 76-60 and 80-64. Shameka Christon matched a season-high with 16 points. Danielle Robinson added 14 points and Becky Hammon 12 points and 10 assists.
Candace Parker returned for the Sparks after she sat out Saturday with a sore knee, but was held to five points and four rebounds in the second half. She finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
The Sparks, the second-best free throw shooting team in the WNBA, made only 8 of 18 attempts.