Tuesday's WNBA Capsules

Games played Aug. 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and Sylvia Fowles added 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Chicago Sky moved closer to their first playoff berth with a 79-73 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.

Courtney Vandersloot had a season-high 19 points and seven assists for the Sky (18-8), who rallied back from a double-digit deficit for the second straight game. The Eastern Conference leaders reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one and can secure a postseason appearance with a win against New York on Friday.

Kia Vaughn scored a season-high 21 points for the Mystics (12-15), losers of two straight.

Washington led by 11 points after one quarter, but fell behind after going nearly 11 minutes without a field goal in the second half.

STORM 77, SPARKS 57

SEATTLE (AP) — Temeka Johnson scored nine of her 18 points during a key eight-minute stretch in the second half and Seattle pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Tina Thompson added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Storm (12-13) outscored the Sparks 14-4 in the final period while holding them to 2-for-10 shooting from the field.

Thompson, the league’s all-time leading scorer, pulled into a tie with Taj McWilliams-Franklin for second on the career rebounding list at 3,013. Lisa Leslie is tops with 3,307.

Nneka Ogwumike had a team-high 12 points for the Sparks (18-8), who snapped a six-game winning streak and finished with a season-low scoring total.

DREAM 88, LYNX 75

ATLANTA (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points and Atlanta recovered after squandering a 17-point lead in the first half.

WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry had 19 points and Erika de Souza added 16 points and 16 rebounds as Atlanta (14-9) scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter and went on to its third straight win — all at home.

Maya Moore made four of five 3-pointers and led Minnesota with 23 points. Rebekkah Brunson had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Seimone Augustus added 14 points for the Lynx (18-7), who remained one-half game ahead of Los Angeles for the Western Conference lead.

Minnesota outscored Atlanta 29-14 in the third quarter to take a 70-66 lead. The Dream opened the fourth with five straight baskets to reclaim the advantage.

MERCURY 89, SHOCK 86

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Diana Taurasi had 28 points and 10 assists, Candice Dupree added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Phoenix held off Tulsa.

Brittney Griner had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Mercury (14-12) beat the Shock for the third time in 11 days.

Riquna Williams scored 23 points, Liz Cambage had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Tiffany Jackson-Jones added 13 points for Tulsa (8-18).

After the Shock trimmed Phoenix’s 13-point lead to three with about 16 seconds to go, Taurasi made four free throws 5.5 seconds apart.

Williams made a 3 with 3.3 seconds left to pull the Shock to 88-86, and Griner hit a free throw less than a second later for the final margin.

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