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WNBA: League leaders Washington Mystics trounce Seattle Storm

Thursday 15 August 2019 17:34, UK

Aerial Powers looks to pass against the Seattle Storm
Image: Aerial Powers looks to pass against the Seattle Storm

Aerial Powers led six Washington players in double figures with 16 points as the Mystics beat the Seattle Storm 88-59 on Wednesday night.

Wednesday night's WNBA scores

  • Seattle Storm 59-88 Washington Mystics
  • Los Angeles Sparks 78-84 Dallas Wings
  • Connecticut Sun 78-71 Phoenix Mercury
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Seattle Storm 59-88 Washington Mystics

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Highlights of the Seattle Storm's visit to the Washington Mystics in the WNBA

Aerial Powers led six Washington players in double figures with 16 points as the Mystics beat the Seattle Storm 88-59 on Wednesday night.

The Mystics opened the third quarter on a 17-5 run for a 15-point lead as Seattle went without a field goal for four-plus minutes. The Storm pulled within 59-51 entering the fourth, but Washington scored 18 of the next 20 points.

Elena Delle Donne and Tianna Hawkins each scored 14 points for Washington (18-7), which won its fourth straight to sweep the season series. Kristi Toliver, averaging 13 points and six assists, missed her second straight game with a knee injury.

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Natasha Howard led Seattle (14-12) with 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Mercedes Russell added 10 points.

Howard scored Seattle's opening eight points and ended the first quarter with 13 as the Storm led 23-16. Seattle was held to 12 points in the second quarter and trailed 38-35 at the break. Howard had 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals at the half.

Los Angeles Sparks 78-84 Dallas Wings

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Highlights of the Los Angeles Sparks' visit to the Dallas Wings in the WNBA

Rookie Arike Ogunbowale scored a career-high 35 points and Glory Johnson added a season-high 20 as the short-handed Dallas Wings ended the Los Angeles Sparks' five-game winning streak 84-78.

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With Kayla Thornton and newcomer Kristine Anigwe suspended because of an altercation in Saturday's game at Phoenix, it was the rookie who stepped up for the Wings.

She scored the last five Dallas points from the free throw line but also scored the Wings' only three field goals in the last five minutes. She also had six rebounds, one of her best, as the Wings outrebounded Los Angeles 37-27.

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Chelsea Gray scored 22 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 21 with nine rebounds for the Sparks. When Ogwumike was knocked to the court setting a screen in the last minute, Sparks coach Derek Fisher stormed on the court to demand a foul and was ejected with 31.3 seconds to play.

The victory gave Dallas (8-17) a 2-1 series win over the Sparks (15-9). In the two previous games, Ogumbowale had a total of 20 points. This was her ninth 20th point game and first 30-point game for a Dallas rookie since 2014.

The Wings have won back-to-back games for the first time since mid-June.

Connecticut Sun 78-71 Phoenix Mercury

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Highlights of the Connecticut Sun's visit to the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA

Jasmine Thomas scored 18 points as the Connecticut Sun held off the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 78-71 after giving up almost all of a 20-point lead.

After the Mercury, playing without the league's leading scorer Brittney Griner, pulled within 69-66 midway through the fourth quarter, Thomas sandwiched a pair of lay-ups around a basket by Jonquel Jones to stop the rally.

Shekinna Stricklen followed up a pair of Courtney Williams baskets with a three-pointer that pushed the Connecticut lead to 58-38 at the 6:50 mark of the third quarter.

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Without Griner, who was serving the first game of a three-game suspension because of a fight in a game last Saturday, battled back. The Sun missed 17-of-20 shots beginning late in the third quarter and the Mercury turned a 10-0 run into a 15-1 surge to make it a game.

Jones finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Courtney Williams had 12 points and Bria Holmes and Alyssa Thomas had 11 each for Connecticut.

The Sun (17-8) remain in second place after ending a two-game losing streak while Phoenix (11-13) have lost three straight games and five of their last six while holding down the eighth and final playoff spot.

DeWanna Bonner led the Mercury with 17 points and Yvonne Turner had 15.

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