Liberty pushes Mercury behind Laney’s big party
Betnijah Laney had 23 points and 10 assists, and New York Liberty held on to beat the Phoenix Mercury 85-83 on Sunday.
Liberty (6-4) never lagged after taking a 12-11 lead in the first quarter and leading by 16 in the first half. The Mercury (5-6) tied at 51 and 72 and had a chance to equalize or take the lead in the final game.
Phoenix’s Skylar Diggins-Smith rebounded from Laney’s failed 3-point attempt with six seconds left and tried to go length of the field. But, as she crossed the 3-point arc, she lost control of her dribbling and Liberty’s Rebecca Allen picked it up to secure the victory.
Jazmine Jones scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for Liberty. Sami Whitcomb added 14 points and Kylee Shook scored 10.
Brittney Griner had 29 points, a season high, and 14 rebounds for the Mercury. Diggins-Smith added 25 points.
Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu was a late scrape with tendonitis in her ankle.
Wilson’s monster game leads Aces to Wings
A’ja Wilson had 28 points and 14 rebounds to help the Las Vegas Aces beat the Dallas Wings 85-78 on Sunday.
Wilson made 10 of 18 from the field and 8 of 9 from the foul line. Liz Cambage added 14 points and Kelsey Plum scored 13 for the Aces (8-3), who won their third in a row and sixth of their last seven.
Satou Sabally made a pair of free throws with 2:28 left to reduce the deficit to 77-75 for the Wings (5-6). Wilson converted a three-point play on the Aces’ next possession and Cambage made a pair of free throws and a 3-runner to take the lead to 85-75 with 1:23 remaining.
Sabally led Dallas with a high of 24 points. Isabelle Harrison added 13 points, Arike Ogunbowale scored 11 and Marina Mabrey 10.
Courtney Williams scores 21 to help elevate Dream over Mystics
Courtney Williams scored 21 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Washington Mystics 101-78 on Sunday.
Odyssey Sims added 20 points, a season-high, for the Dream, who scored 13 of 29 on a 3-point range and 36 of 71 overall on the field.
Atlanta (5-6), who trailed for most of the first half and 11 early in the second quarter, took a 51-49 lead in the break and walked away with a run of 17. -3 after the Mystics tied him at 51 to open the third quarter.
Tiffany Hayes made 3 of 7 to 3 and scored 18 points, Cheyenne Parker added 11 and Tianna Hawkins 10 for the Dream.
Myisha Hines-Allen led the Mystics (4-6) with 16 points. Ariel Atkins scored 15 points, Tina Charles added 13 and Theresa Plaisance 10.
Seattle Storm After Sun
Breanna Stewart had 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists to help the Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 89-66 on Sunday.
Connecticut was without Jonquel Jones, who left for Europe to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at EuroBasket. Jones averaged 21.6 points and 10.4 rebounds in the first 10 games of the season, the only WNBA player currently averaging a double-double.
Sue Bird made 3 of 4 3 points and added 13 points for Seattle, who escaped with a 14-2 run in the second quarter. The Storm led by no less than 14 in the second half.
DeWanna Bonner and Kaila Charles each had 14 points for the Sun. Brionna Jones added 12 points.
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