• Kaunda Chama

Bumper Sunday night in the WNBA

Sunday was an action-packed night in the WNBA with 10 of the 12 teams taking to the hardwood for five exciting matchups.

Sun burns Dream

Jonquel Jones had a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double, Alyssa Thomas also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun beat the Atlanta Dream 65-59 on Sunday.

Thomas, ended a three-minute dry spell with a jumper to that put the Sun up 59-57 with 3 and a half minutes on the clock and start a 9-0 run. She added a free throw at the 2:18 mark and Jones hit a three to make it 65-57 with 34 seconds to go.

Courtney Williams added 13 points for Connecticut, which has the best record in the league. The Sun made 7 of 10 shots for a 16-4 lead to start the game. It was 26-13 after one quarter before Atlanta slowly battled back.

Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Sykes had 14 points each for the Dream.

Liberty beat Aces

Tina Charles and the New York Liberty finally ended the longest losing streak in franchise history with a 88-78 victory over Las Vegas.

Charles scored 21 points and Bria Hartley added 17 to help New York end a 17-game skid.

New York got off to a strong start and led 74-70 early in the fourth quarter before scoring seven straight points capped by Charles' jumper with 4:10 left. Las Vegas could only get within eight the rest of the way.

Kayla McBride led the Aces with 25 points and Liz Cambage added a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double.

New York built its eight-point halftime lead to 59-43 after a steal and layup by Hartley. Las Vegas rallied, scoring 13 of the next 14 points to cut its deficit to 60-56. The Liberty led 68-62 after three quarters.

Mystics down Wings

Tianna Hawkins and Aerial Powers combined for 39 points off the bench and the Washington Mystics pulled off an 86-62 win over the Dallas Wings.

Hawkins had a career-high 21 points and Powers put up 18. Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver added 14 points apiece for the Mystics and Natasha Cloud contributed 13. Delle Donne also had nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.

Dallas, who are still winless, had an 11-0 run in the first quarter and led 20-15.

Glory Johnson led Dallas with 15 points but only had 11 in the second half. Imani McGee-Stafford added 11 points.

Mercury handle Fever

Brittney Griner scored 26 points, DeWanna Bonner added 25 and the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Indiana Fever 94-87.

The game was 81-54 in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter before the Fever stormed back, hitting five 3-pointers in cutting 20 points off the deficit.

Leilani Mitchell scored 17 for the Mercury and January added 16 to the tally.

Kelsey Mitchell had 26 points for the Fever. Kennedy Burke 18 points with Tiffany Mitchell scoring 17. Indiana was 10 of 16 behind three-point range.

Sky beats Storm

Cheyenne Parker came off the bench put up an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double to help the Chicago Sky down the Seattle Storm 78-71.

Stephanie Dolson added 15 points and Courtney Vandersloot 11 with seven assists for the Sky.

Natasha Howard and Jewell Loyd had 20 points apiece for the Storm.

Chicago got off to a strong start, leading 29-16 after one quarter and 43-17 early in the second but Seattle scored 17 straight points and closed with 44-34 at the half.

The Storm were as close as six in the third quarter but a 9-0 run early in the third quarter pushed the lead to 71-55.

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