Sylvia Fowles do not have to score 30 every single night for the Minnesota Lynx but if she does, there is little chance they are going to lose.
Fowles shot 14-of-19 en route to a season-high 30 points to lead the Lynx over the Dallas Wings, 91-74, while Maya Moore had five 3-pointers and added 23 points. Rebekkah Brunson added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Lynx, who shot 53 percent and had 30 assists, nine from Seimone Augustus, to go with their 38 field goals.
Karima Christmas-Kelly had 21 points for Dallas (4-6), which was just 3 of 17 from the arc and outrebounded 40-24.
Minnesota led at halftime by 14. Dallas was within eight late in the third quarter but Brunson restored a 10-point lead with a basket and the Lynx remained in front by double figures.
The Wings and WNBA President Lisa Borders celebrated “Nancy Lieberman Day,” honoring the Basketball Hall of Fame member at halftime. Lieberman was the first overall pick in 1981 by the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Professional Basketball League.
Liberty 94, Storm 86
Tina Charles had 21 points and 14 rebounds and New York used a 12-1 late run to beat the Seattle Storm 94-86 on Sunday.
Trailing 83-80 with 3:05 left, Bria Hartley tapped the ball to Shavonte Zellous to hit a 3-pointer that tied it and started the game-ending burst. On the next play, she stripped the ball from Jewell Loyd and then converted the layup on the other that made gave New York the lead.
A free throw by Alysha Clark got the Storm within 85-84 but Kiah Stokes’ putback made it 87-84 with 1:15 left. Seattle then turned it over on the next possession and Zellous converted another layup to seal the win and give New York (6-3) a fourth straight win.
Stewart finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Storm (5-4). Sue Bird finished with a season-high 21 points and Loyd had 19.
Mystics 88, Fever 70
Elena Delle Donne returned from a one-game absence to score 25 points and lead the Washington Mystics to an 88-70 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday.
Delle Donne sat out the Mystics’ game on Friday with a groin injury when Washington suffered a 98-73 home loss to the Minnesota Lynx to snap a four-game winning streak.
The victory left the Mystics (7-3) a half-game ahead of the New York Liberty in the Eastern Conference.
Delle Donne was 9-of-15 shooting, making 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Krystal Thomas had 14 points and 14 rebounds with Washington holding a 43-23 rebounding edge.
Erica Wheeler, making her second start in place of injured Briann January (Achilles tendon strain), scored 15 points for the Fever (4-6). Candice Dupree added 14 points.
The Mystics took control early. Indiana finished the third quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 13 but Washington rebuilt the margin in the fourth quarter.
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