Tuesday's WNBA Capsules
Games played on July 29, 2014
Originally published July 29, 2014 at 10:45 p.m., updated July 30, 2014 at 12:32 a.m.
PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 17 points to help the Phoenix Mercury cruise to their 16th straight win, 90-69 over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.
The win gave Phoenix (22-3) the second-longest win streak in league history, passing Houston's 15-game streak in 1998 and moving two games shy of the WNBA mark of 18 straight by Los Angeles in 2001.
Candice Dupree had 16 points and nine rebounds while Brittney Griner added 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Mercury. Taurasi and Griner both sat out the fourth quarter.
The Mercury also won their 11th straight at home, tying a franchise mark set in 1999.
Nneka Ogwumike had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Sparks (12-15), who are now 2-3 since general manager Penny Toler took over as coach during the All-Star break. Los Angeles has lost four of six overall.
The Sparks played for the second consecutive game without leading scorer Candace Parker, who remained in California nursing a left knee strain.
LIBERTY 80, MYSTICS 76, OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles scored 23 points, Sugar Rodgers had five points and two huge defensive plays in overtime, and New York held off Washington.
The Liberty (11-14) blew a 15-point lead in the third quarter before pulling out their fourth win in five games.
Trailing 73-71 in the extra period, Plenette Pierson made a tying jumper with 2 1/2 minutes left. Rodgers then scored five straight, hitting a deep 3-pointer and a runner to put New York up 78-73 with 1:02 to go.
Bria Hartley, who made a tying layup with 0.6 seconds remaining in regulation, made a 3 with 56 seconds to go. Pierson made two free throws with 9.9 seconds left and Rodgers came up with two jump balls in the final seconds.
Kia Vaughn had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Mystics (13-14), who snapped a four-game winning streak.
DREAM 89, SUN 80
ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 25 points to help Atlanta snap a four-game losing streak.
The Dream (16-9) increased their lead in the Eastern Conference to four games ahead of second-place Washington. McCoughtry shot 10 for 16 from the field and Tiffany Hayes added 23 points.
Kelsey Bone led Connecticut with 18 points and 13 rebounds, rookie Alyssa Thomas added 17 points and Chiney Ogwumike had 16, but the Sun (10-17) lost their fourth straight.
Atlanta led 44-41 at halftime and pushed it to 73-63 on Hayes' layup with 7:21 left. The Sun countered with eight straight points.
After Katie Douglas scored on a runner to pull Connecticut within 73-71, Atlanta interim coach Karleen Thompson called timeout with 4:41 to go. The Dream scored five points out of the timeout and weren't threatened again.
SHOCK 80, STORM 74
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 21 points, Glory Johnson had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Tulsa beat Seattle.
Roneeka Hodges added a season-high 16 points and Skylar Diggins had 11 to become the Shock's single-season scoring leader with 564 points. Johnson's double-double was her 15th of the season for Tulsa (10-17).
Sue Bird scored 15 points and Tanisha Wright added 14 for Seattle (9-19). Camille Little and Crystal Langhorne had 13 points apiece.
Diggins entered the game needing seven points to become the franchise's single-season scoring leader. Deanna Nolan held the previous mark of 559, set in 2009 when the team was still in Detroit.
Diggins struggled to get any offense going in the first half, as the second-year guard was 1 for 5 from the field with four points. Diggins made a 3-pointer to open the second half to break Nolan's record.
STARS 92, SKY 74
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 16 points to lead a balanced offense and San Antonio rolled past Chicago.
Danielle Adams had 14 points, Sophia Young-Malcolm added 12 and Shenise Johnson 11 for San Antonio (13-14). Jia Perkins scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting in her first game in a month.
Epiphanny Prince had 16 of her 23 points in the first quarter, Jamierra Faulkner added 19 and Sylvia Fowles scored 14 for the Sky (10-16).
The loss, combined with New York's 80-76 overtime victory against Washington, dropped the Sky 1 1/2 games behind the Liberty for the East's fourth and final playoff spot.
Trailing 48-37 at the break, Chicago opened the second half on a 9-4 run before veterans Hammon and Young-Malcolm helped San Antonio regain its footing. The Stars led 70-56 lead entering the fourth.
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