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WNBA: Connecticut Sun beat Dallas Wings to clinch playoff spot

Monday 19 August 2019 08:46, UK

Courtney Williams celebrates with her Sun team-mates
Image: Courtney Williams celebrates with her Sun team-mates

Courtney Williams scored 18 points as the Connecticut Sun beat the Dallas Wings to clinch a playoff berth on Sunday night.

Sunday's WNBA scores

  • Dallas Wings 68-78 Connecticut Sun
  • Indiana Fever 68-107 Washington Mystics
  • Las Vegas Aces 100-85 Chicago Sky
  • New York Liberty 72-78 Phoenix Mercury
  • Minnesota Lynx 74-82 Seattle Storm
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Dallas Wings 68-78 Connecticut Sun

Courtney Williams dishes a pass against the Dallas Wings 1:20
Highlights of the Dallas Wings' visit to the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA

Courtney Williams scored 18 points and Connecticut beat Dallas to clinch a playoff berth on Sunday night.

Jonquel Jones had 16 points and 10 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season, and Jasmine Thomas added 16 points and nine assists. Connecticut (19-8) have won three games in a row and eight of their last 10.

Shekinna Stricklen converted a three-point play to make it 35-32 with 39 seconds left in the first half and Connecticut led the rest of the way.

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Allisha Gray's lay-up with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter cut the Wings' deficit to six, but Thomas answered with a three-point play to spark a 9-0 spurt that pushed the Sun's lead to 78-63 with 1:47 to go.

Gray tied her career-best with 22 points for Dallas (9-18). Arike Ogunbowale added 20, and Isabelle Harrison had 11 points and tied her career-high with 13 rebounds.

Indiana Fever 68-107 Washington Mystics

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Highlights of the Indiana Fever's visit to the Washington Mystics in the WNBA

Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points and hit three of Washington's WNBA-record 18 three-pointers in the Mystics' 107-68 victory over the Indiana Fever.

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The Mystics (20-7) scored the most points in a WNBA game this season. They have won six in a row, averaging 95.3 points during the run, and 11 of their last 12. Washington broke the three-point record of 17 set by Seattle last year against Las Vegas.

Aerial Powers added 19 points, going 4-of-6 from three-point range, and Ariel Atkins, who also hit four triples, had 14 points for the Mystics.

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Washington never trailed and scored 18 consecutive points to open a 20-2 lead. The Fever (8-17) twice trimmed it to seven points in the second quarter and once in the third.

Delle Donne made 7-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and grabbed nine rebounds.

The Mystics shot 49 per cent (37-of-76) from the field, hit 18-of-39 from behind the arc and made all their 15 free throws.

Tiffany Mitchell led Indiana with 17 points.

Las Vegas Aces 100-85 Chicago Sky

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Highlights of the Las Vegas Aces' visit to the Chicago Sky in the WNBA

A'ja Wilson returned from a nine-game absence to score 25 points off the bench and Liz Cambage had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Las Vegas beat Chicago.

Wilson had not played since spraining her left ankle July 19.

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Kelsey Plum scored 12 points and Kayla McBride added 10 to help the Aces (18-9) extend their winning streak to three games.

Diamond DeShields tied her career highs with 28 points and five three-pointers for Chicago (15-11).

New York Liberty 72-78 Phoenix Mercury

DeWanna Bonner fires a jump shot against the New York LIberty 1:42
Highlights of the New York Liberty's visit to the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA

DeWanna Bonner scored 17 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 rebounds to help Phoenix beat New York, extending the Liberty's losing streak to eight games.

Leilani Mitchell scored 17 points, and Yvonne Turner added 13 for Phoenix (13-13), who were without Brittney Griner (suspension), Diana Taurasi (back), Sancho Lyttle (knee), Essence Carson (calf) and Alanna Smith (ankle).

Tina Charles had 23 points - 15 in the first quarter - and 13 rebounds for New York (8-18).

Minnesota Lynx 74-82 Seattle Storm

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Highlights of the Minnesota Lynx's visit to the Seattle Storm in the WNBA

Jordin Canada scored 14 points and the Seattle Storm never trailed in an 82-74 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.

Jewell Loyd and Natasha Howard had 13 points apiece, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewisadded 11 and Mercedes Russell and Alysha Clark scored 10 apiece for Seattle (15-13).

Clark made a pull-up jumper, stole a pass and then fed Canada for a basket that made it 11-0 midway through the first quarter. Minnesota went 0-for-5 from the field and committed six turnovers during that span.

Odyssey Sims scored 18 of her season-high 30 points in the third quarter as the Lynx (13-14) trimmed their deficit to 67-63.

Loyd converted a three-point play to spark a 9-2 run to open the fourth and Minnesota never again threatened.

Napheesa Collier scored 16 points and Sylvia Fowles added 11 for the Lynx who have lost three of their last four games.

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