• Kaunda Chama

WNBA Wrap: Wins for Storm, Sun and Lynx

Saturday was another action-packed night in the WNBA and saw the Seattle Storm, Connecticut Sun and Minnesota Timberwolves win their openers.

Storm takes Mercury

The defending champions Seattle Storm were without stars MVP Beanna Stewart and Sue Bird but still took their opener against the Phoenix Mercury.

Natasha Howard a 21-point, 16 rebound double-double, Jewell Loyd added 17 points to see the Storm win the game 77-68 on Saturday.

Seattle outscored Phoenix 40-25 in the middle two quarters and hold off the best efforts of DeWanna Bonner to rally the Mercury. Bonner scored 15 straight points for Phoenix late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to make it a one-point game (58-57).

Seattle then went on to outscore Phoenix 19-11 in the final seven minutes.

Bonner finished with 31 points, and Brittney Griner put up 18 points.

Jordin Canada, started for the injured Bird and had eight of her 16 points in the fourth quarter for Seattle.

Sun burns Mystics

Alyssa Thomas scored 23 points, Jonquel Jones had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the Connecticut Sun 64-69 victory over the Washington Mystics in the teams’ openers.

The Mystics were without their star forward Elena Delle Donne, who sat out the game with left knee soreness.

The Mystics started well even with their star’s absence, until the Sun went on a 13-2 run in the middle of the third quarter and took control. Jasmine Thomas hit a jumper at the 7:34 mark, that started the game-changing run.

The Suns led by double figures throughout the fourth quarter.

Emma Meesseman, who has returned to the Mystics, scored 14 points. Natasha Cloud and Kristi Toliver added 11 points each for the Mystics. Toliver got hurt in the game and sat out most of the second half.

Lynx take Sky

Napheesa Collier scored 27 points, to help the new-look Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 89-71 on Saturday night. Collier hit eight of her 10 shots, including three 3-pointers.

Sylvia Fowles had a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Lynx, while Danielle Robinson scored 13 points and Jessica Shepard grabbed 13 rebounds.

Gabby Williams and Kahleah Cooper had 11 points apiece for the Sky, who trailed 46-40 at the half and were outscored 24-10 in the third quarter.

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