WNBA Wrap: Big wins for Mystics and Fever
Four exciting matchups featured in the WNBA last night and saw big wins by the Washington Mystics and Indiana Fever.
Mystics dazzle Dream
Ariel Atkins scored 21 points, Elena Delle Donne had 18 in the Washington Mystics 96-75 victory over the Atlanta Dream.
The Mystics debuted at their new Entertainment and Sports Arena, shooting 57 percent, helping them take a 26-16 led in the first quarter.
The score was 52-35 at the half and Delle Donne was 7 for 7 from the field.
Emma Messeman added 14 points for Washington, while Kristi Toliver and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 10 each.
Tiffany Hayes and Alex Bentley put up 11 points apiece for the Dream who played back-to-back nights.
Fever down Liberty
Kelsey Mitchell scored 23 points to lead the Indiana Fever to a 92-77 win over the New York Liberty. This was the 15th straight loss for the New York squad.
The Fever led the game 26-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Liberty struggled to find their rhythm in the first two quarters and the score was 45-29 at the half.
Tiffany Mitchell scored 11 points for the Fever, while Erica Wheeler and Paris Kea had 10 points each.
Tina Charles, who moved into 15th place on the WNBA's career scoring list, had 15 points for New York and Kia Nurse added 14 to the team’s tally.
Sky defeat Storm
Allie Quigley had 25 points, while Diamond DeShields put up 21 to help the Chicago Sky beat the defending champion Seattle Storm 83-79.
In the last two minutes, Quigley scored twice to tie it before Courtney Vandersloot scored the final four points to give the Sky the victory.
Natasha Howard's putback gave Seattle a 77-75 lead with 2:04 left on the clock but Quigley answered with a floater. The Storm regained the lead on Crystal Langhorne's layup, but Quigley's jumper tied the game at the 1:17 mark.
The Storm missed a pair of 3-pointers before Vandersloot, who had 11 assists and 10 points, grabbed her eighth rebound to clinch it.
Howard scored 21 points and Jewell Loyd had 17 for the Storm.
Lynx bite Wings
Damiris Dantas scored 20 points, Sylvia Fowles had a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double to see the Minnesota Lynx past the Dallas Wings 70-67.
Odyssey Sims added 12 points for Minnesota.
Dallas finished 5 of 21 behind the arc, making four in the second half to make it close after falling behind 41-27 at the halfway break.
The Lynx are winning despite Lindsay Whalen retiring, Maya Moore taking the season off, Rebekkah Brunson sidelined since suffering a concussion last year and Seimone Augusta, the franchise's career scoring leader, out after knee surgery earlier in the week.
The Wings were within two early in the fourth quarter but Dantas converted a three-point play. Dallas had it to three with three minutes to play but the Lynx protected the lead from the foul line.
Kayla Thornton led the Wings with 12 points and rookie Arike Ogunbowale had 11.