Brittney Griner may have pulled off a rare dunk but the night belongs to Chiney Ogwumike and the Connecticut Sun. The Sun withstood Griner’s first dunk of the season and career-high 29 points to beat the Phoenix Mercury 87-74 on Friday night.
Ogwumike scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half and had 10 rebounds,Jasmine Thomas had 18 points, and Alex Bentley added 16. The Sun (11-17) have won three of their last four games and snapped the Mercury’s three-game win streak.
Griner’s driving one-handed dunk, the eighth slam of her career, came off a no-look pass from Diana Taurasi to pull Phoenix (13-15) to 51-46 with 6:44 to play in the third quarter. But the Sun used a 9-0 run to help stretch their lead to 68-54 at the end the quarter.
Connecticut has won eight of its last 12 games after starting the season 3-13.
LYNX 75, MYSTICS 69
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 27 points, Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and 17 rebounds and Minnesota held on to beat Washington.
Moore was 7 of 17 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws. She has scored 20 or more points 13 times this season.
Western Conference-leading Minnesota (23-5) has won 10 of its last 12 games and eight straight at home. Tayler Hill had 15 points, and Leilani Mitchell 13 for the Mystics (10-17).
SPARKS 87, WINGS 79
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Kristi Toliver added 24 points and Los Angeles Sparks pulled away to beat Dallas.
The Sparks (23-5) have won two straight to keep pace with Minnesota atop the Western Conference.
Odyssey Sims scored 26 points to lead Dallas (9-20). The Stars have dropped 10 straight, the longest current losing streak in the WNBA. Glory Johnson had 16 points and 15 rebounds.
SKY 92, STORM 88
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Tamera Young scored 24 points, and Elena Delle Donne added 22 to help Chicago beat Seattle.
Chicago (14-13) has won three straight and six of seven to move into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference. Jewell Loyd had 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Seattle (11-17).