Saturday's WNBA Capsules
Games played July 6, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Crystal Langhorne scored 12 points and the Washington Mystics beat the Seattle Storm 62-59 on Saturday, giving coach Mike Thibault a WNBA-record 212 career victories.
Thibault coached 10 seasons for the Connecticut Sun before coming to Washington, where he has already guided the Mystics (6-6) to more victories than they had last season. Washington had just 11 wins the past two years combined.
Michelle Snow added eight points and 13 rebounds, and Ivory Latta scored 11 points for the Mystics, who won their second straight game after dropping five in a row.
Thibault owns a career coaching record of 212-140, one more win than Van Chancellor, who won the league’s first four championships during 10 seasons leading the Houston Comets.
SPARKS 93, SILVER STARS 66
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Candace Parker added 18 points to help Los Angeles beat San Antonio and extend its regular season home winning streak to 18 games.
The Silver Stars also lost star Becky Hammon to a knee injury in the second quarter. The seven-time All-Star, who was playing in her first game of the season after missing the first 10 with a broken finger on her shooting hand, went down near the baseline with 6:14 left in the second quarter. She was carried off the court and didn’t return.
Lindsey Harding added 14 points and A’dia Mathies and Kristi Toliver each had 12 for the Sparks (8-4), who pulled even with the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury for first place in the Western Conference.
FEVER 78, SUN 66
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tamika Catchings had 22 points and six steals to help Indiana beat Connecticut.
Briann January had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Shavonte Zellous also scored 14 points for the injury-plagued Fever. The defending WNBA champions won their third straight game after dropping seven of eight to start the season.
The Fever took advantage after Connecticut’s star player, reigning league MVP Tina Charles, was ejected early in the fourth quarter. The center picked up two technical fouls after she disagreed with a call and was sent to the locker room.
Charles finished with 14 points. She scored a season-high 30 points the previous time the teams met, a 73-61 win for the Sun on June 12.
Kelsey Griffin and Allison Hightower both scored 17 points for the Sun.
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