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WNBA Recap: Lynx Survive Stars, Wings Handle Sun

WNBA Recap: Lynx Survive Stars, Wings Handle Sun

The San Antonio Stars is off to the worst start in franchise history and they have the Minnesota Lynx to “thank” for that.

Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore each scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 22 apiece to help the Lynx beat the Stars 87-78 Sunday night.

The Stars has now lost 16 in a row (0-14 to start the season) dating back last season.

The WNBA record for consecutive losses is 20, set by Tulsa in 2011.

Fowles, who grabbed 10 rebounds, went to the bench after picking up her fourth foul with nearly six minutes left in the third quarter and San Antonio scored 21 of the next 27 points to take a 64-55 lead early in the fourth. Moore hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 12-0 run, capped by Renee Montgomery’s 3, that gave the Lynx a 67-64 lead with six minutes to play and San Antonio never again led.

Kayla McBride’s layup pulled the Stars within three with 2:50 to play but Moore sandwiched two 3s around her block of McBride’s attempted 3-pointer to make it 82-73 and Minnesota (11-1) hit 5 of 6 free throws from there to seal it.

Minnesota’s Moore, Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen have a WNBA record 122 wins as a quartet.

Wings 96, Sun 82

Karima Christmas-Kelly scored 24 points and the Dallas Wings beat the Connecticut Sun 96-82 Sunday for their fourth win in a row.

Theresa Plaisance added 16 points while Skylar Diggins-Smith had 15 points and nine assists for Dallas (8-8).

Christmas-Kelly hit two free throws and then a 3-pointer to make it 15-10 and the Wings led the rest of the way. They took a 10-point led into the break and after Alyssa Thomas grabbed a rebound and took it coast-to-coast to pull the Sun within two, Dallas used a 10-0 run over the next 2:06 to make it 70-58 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.

Connecticut (6-6) trimmed its deficit to 70-65 on a 3-pointer by Shekinna Stricklen with 9:11 to play, but got no closer and went more than 3½ minutes without a made field goal as the Wings led by double figures after Plaisance hit a 3 to make it 80-70 with 6:26 remaining.

Thomas had 19 points and Jonquel Jones added 14 and 12 rebounds for the Sun, who had their five-game win streak snapped.

Stacy Bengs, Associated Press

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