WNBA Wrap: Sun takes battle at the top
The Connecticut Sun won the battle between the two teams at the top of the WNBA on Tuesday night after they beat the Washington Mystics 83-75.
Jonquel Jones scored 24 points, Courtney Williams added 23 to the Sun’s winning score.
Jones, coming off consecutive player of the week honors, made nine of 11 shots, and scored nine straight Connecticut points in the third quarter after the Mystics had opened a 10-point lead.
Connecticut has won four straight while Washington had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Shekinna Stricklen had 12 points, hitting four threes, for the Sun, who have won 11 straight home games.
Ariel Atkins led Washington with 18 points. Aerial Powers added 14, Elena Delle Donne 13 and Natasha Cloud 12.
Washington led 37-33 at the half and a 3-point play by Atkins pushed it to 46-36. Alyssa Thomas made a three-point play and Jones had back-to-back three-pointers.
Stricklen, Jones and Williams made sure Connecticut answered every Washington threat after that.
Storm takes Fever
The Seattle Storm defeated the Indiana Fever 84-82 in a closely contested game.
Natasha Howard scored a career-high 26 points and the Storm, Jewell Loyd added 18 points and Mercedes Russell had a career-high 13, including 11 in the first half.
Kelsey Mitchell drilled a deep three in the final second of the third quarter to pull the Fever within 65-59. An 8-2 run to open the fourth quarter had the deficit down to one but it wasn't until Natalie Achonwa's layup with 1:09 to go the game was tied at 81.
Achonwa made one of two free throws with 29 seconds left to put Indiana up but Loyd made three of four free throws after that and Indiana missed its last two shots.
Mitchell scored 21 points and Achonwa added 17 for Indiana. Candice Dupree had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Sky downs Mercury
Diamond DeShields scored 25 points, Courtney Vandersloot added 17 with eight assists and the Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 82-75.
Chicago led 43-41 at the half before DeShields had four of the six three-pointers the Sky made in the third quarter to build a 67-55 lead.
Vandersloot helped give Chicago 15-point leads twice in the fourth quarter. The Mercury cut the lead to five with just under a minute left but Gabby Williams grabbed an offensive rebound that Vandersloot turned into a layup with 29.3 seconds to play and then Vandersloot added a steal to seal the win.
Stefanie Dolson added 14 points and Williams 10 for the Sky. Vandersloot now has 1,427 assists, eighth on the career list.
DeWanna Bonner had 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Mercury and Brittney Griner added 16 points.