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WNBA Wrap: Big wins for Aces and Sun

Three great game highlighted the WNBA on Thursday night and saw wins for the Connecticut Sun, Aces and Lynx.

Suns scorch Sparks

Jonquel Jones scored 18 points, Alyssa Thomas had an 1- point, 12-rebound double-double with six assists and the Connecticut Sun beat the Los Angeles Sparks 89-77.

Jones gave Connecticut a 21-point lead with 3:22 left in the third quarter, but Los Angeles pulled within 81-77 after Nigerian-American forward Nneka Ogwumike grabbed a loose ball under the basket and put it in. Thomas scored in the paint with 34.8 seconds left to give Connecticut a six-point lead.

Courtney Williams scored finished with 15 points. Jasmine Thomas added 17 points and Shekinna Stricklen had 10.

Nneka Ogwumike ended the game with a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Chiney Ogwumike scored 19 points in her first game against her former team.

Aces trump Dream

Liz Cambage scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and got three assists in her first start for Las Vegas and the Aces beat the Atlanta Dream 92-69.

Las Vegas scored the first 10 points of the game, held a 19-2 lead, and it was 25-13 at the end of the first quarter after holding Atlanta to 5-of-15 shooting. The Aces led 49-25 at halftime, led by A'ja Wilson's 11 points.

Dearics Hamby finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, Kayla McBride added 13 points, and Kelsey Plum had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Las Vegas. Rookie Jackie Young had a game-high eight assists.

Brittney Sykes led Atlanta with 15 points and Elizabeth Williams reached 800 career rebounds.

Lynx down Mercury

Odyssey Sims scored 15 points and Lexie Brown added 12 to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 58-56.

Minnesota led by as many as 16 points, but did not score in the final four minutes to keep Phoenix in the game. DeWanna Bonner's offensive rebound and free-throw line jumper pulled Phoenix within 58-56 with 1:34 on the clock.

Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and seven rebounds for Minnesotato move past Tina Thompson for fourth on the WNBA's rebounding list.

Bonner was the only player in double figures for Phoenix with 25 points, 12 in the fourth quarter. Phoenix was outscored 15-7 in the second quarter and shot 37% overall. Mercury center Brittney Griner had four points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

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