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WNBA: Connecticut Sun beat Phoenix Mercury to spoil Diana Taurasi's return

Saturday 13 July 2019 08:13, UK

Diana Taurasi in action on her return from injury
Image: Diana Taurasi in action on her return from injury

Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix Mercury 79-64 on Friday night to spoil Diana Taurasi's season debut.

Friday night's WNBA scores

  • Phoenix Mercury 64-79 Connecticut Sun
  • Los Angeles Sparks 90-64 Indiana Fever
  • Minnesota Lynx 53-60 Atlanta Dream
  • New York Liberty 83-99 Chicago Sky
  • Dallas Wings 81-85 Seattle Storm
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Phoenix Mercury 64-79 Connecticut Sun

DeWanna Bonner attacks against the Connecticut Sun 1:27
Highlights of the Phoenix Mercury's visit to the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA

Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix Mercury 79-64 on Friday night to spoil Diana Taurasi's season debut.

Taurasi, the former UConn star and the WNBA's career scoring leader, played 16 minutes and scored five points all from the free-throw line in her first game since offseason back surgery.

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Connecticut (10-6), who outscored Phoenix by 21 points in the second half, had three players finish with a double-double for the third time in team history. Jonquel Jones had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Courtney Williams added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Jasmine Thomas and Shekinna Stricklen added 11 points apiece to help Connecticut avoid its first six-game losing streak since 2016.

DeWanna Bonner had 20 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix (7-7), and Brittney Griner added 10 points with three blocks. The Mercury had won five of their last six games.

Los Angeles Sparks 90-64 Indiana Fever

Nneka Ogwumike shoots over the Indiana Fever defense 1:49
Highlights of the Los Angeles Sparks' visit to the Indiana Fever in the WNBA

Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points, six rebounds and six steals to lead Los Angeles past Indiana.

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Candace Parker sat out for Los Angeles (8-7) because of an ankle injury.

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Chiney Ogwumike added 19 points and nine rebounds to help Los Angeles snap a three-game road losing streak.

Chelsea Gray had 15 points and six assists. Los Angeles led 45-35 at half-time and scored 31 points in the third quarter for a 76-52 advantage.

Erica Wheeler and Shenise Johnson each scored 11 points for Indiana (6-11).

Minnesota Lynx 53-60 Atlanta Dream

Elizabeth Williams shoots a free throw against Minnesota 1:24
Highlights of the Minnesota Lynx's visit to the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA

Elizabeth Williams scored 17 points and Alex Bentley added 10, including a late three-pointer, as Atlanta beat Minnesota to spoil Sylvia Fowles' history-making game.

Fowles had 12 points and 12 rebounds, giving her 157 career double-doubles to tie the WNBA record set by Lisa Leslie (1997-2009).

Williams was 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. The rest of the Atlanta players shot just 18-of-62 from the field.

Atlanta (5-10) snapped Minnesota's streak of road wins when holding an opponent below 40 per cent shooting, dating to 2014, at 27.

Danielle Robinson led the Lynx (9-7) with 14 points.

New York Liberty 83-99 Chicago Sky

Courtney Vandersloot throws a pass during Chicago's win over New York 2:01
Highlights of the New York Liberty's visit to the Chicago Sky in the WNBA

Courtney Vandersloot scored 17 points and tied her season high with 12 assists in Chicago's victory over New York.

Jantel Lavender also scored 17 points for the Sky (8-8). Diamond DeShields added 16 points, Allie Quigley 14 and Stefanie Dolson had 13 points and nine rebounds. Kia Nurse led New York (7-9) with 18 points.

Dallas Wings 81-85 Seattle Storm

Glory Johnson and Natasha Howard contest a rebound 1:49
Highlights of the Dallas Wings' visit to the Seattle Storm in the WNBA

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored eight points as the Injury-plagued Seattle Storm cruised past Dallas to snap a three-game skid.

The defending champion Storm were without three-fifths of last year's starting line-up: reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart (Achilles), Sue Bird (knee) and Jewell Loyd (ankle) who was named an All-Star game starter on Thursday.

Jordin Canada and Natasha Howard scored 14 points apiece, Mercedes Russell added 13 and Sami Whitcomb 12 for Seattle (9-8). Canada also had a career-high 12 assists.

Arike Ogunbowale led the Wings (5-10) with 23 points.

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