ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Cappie Pondexter scored a season-high 29 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 96-76 on Sunday, their second win in 11 days over the Eastern Conference leader.
Pondexter made her first seven shots for 19 first-half points with her first miss on a 25-footer at the halftime buzzer. She finished 11 for 14, including 5 for 6 from 3-point range.
The Sky (8-5) won their third straight overall despite the Sun (7-4) again holding the WNBA’s scoring leader, Elena Delle Donne (26.9 ppg), to a season-low 12 points.
Jessica Breland added 12 points for the Sky who led 49-41 at the half and pulled away for good with a 6-0 run to open the third. Breland’s jumper with 5:09 left in the fourth gave the Sky their largest lead at 90-65.
Kelsey Bone returned from her one-game suspension to lead the Sun with 18 points. Alex Bentley added 14.
MERCURY 70, STORM 60
PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 26 points and the Mercury beat Seattle for their second victory over the Storm in three days.
Griner had 14 straight points for Phoenix in the third quarter, extending a 10-point lead to 58-42. Four free throws by Alex Harden made it a 20-point advantage.
Seattle, which outscored Phoenix 15-8 in the fourth quarter, rallied to within eight on Ramu Tokashiki’s baseline jumper with 1:17 left, but Noelle Quinn found Griner underneath for an easy basket to seal the victory.
DeWanna Bonner added 11 points for the Mercury (8-5), who won at Seattle 94-79 on Friday.
Phoenix has won five straight games and has beaten the Storm eight consecutive times.
Jewell Loyd led the Storm (3-12) with 16 points. Angel Goodrich had eight assists in place of veteran point guard Sue Bird, who rested. Seattle has lost five straight and 10 of 11.
DREAM 84, LIBERTY 76
ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 32 points and Atlanta survived a third-quarter collapse to pull out a victory over the Liberty.
The victory was the first for Atlanta (6-7) in three meetings with the Liberty this season and the first in six matchups against New York, which had a three-game winning streak end.
McCoughtry hit 12 of 19 free throws in a game that featured 70 attempts. McCoughtry has scored in double figures in every game this season and 19 in a row overall. Rookie Cierra Burdick added 12 points, a career-high, as did Sydney Carter, making her first start.
After trailing since the first quarter, Tina Charles’ four straight points put the Liberty (7-5) in front 69-67 with 5:47 remaining. But Atlanta bounced back and the Dream finished with a 9-2 run over the final three minutes to secure the win.
LYNX 66, STARS 49
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half, and the WNBA-leading Lynx never trailed in a win over the Stars.
Seimone Augustus added 12 points and Moore had nine rebounds for the Lynx (9-3) who built a 50-28 lead after opening the third quarter on an 11-2 run.
The Stars (3-10) missed their first nine field-goal attempts of the game as Minnesota opened on 15-2 run. The Lynx led by no less than 11 the rest of the way.
Dearica Hamby scored 13 points and Kayla Alexander grabbed 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio, which has lost four of its last five.
The top-ranked Lynx defense’s 49 points allowed was a season best coming off a season-worst effort in Friday’s 90-83 loss at Chicago.