LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristi Toliver scored 18 points to help the Washington Mystics beat the Los Angeles Sparks 83-74 on Saturday for coach Mike Thibault’s 300th career regular season win.
Thibault is the first WNBA coach to reach that milestone. Sparks coach Brian Agler is second all-time with 264.
LaToya Sanders added 14 points and eight rebounds while Elena Delle Donne and Ariel Atkins scored 11 points apiece for the Mystics (12-6). Washington has won six of its last seven games.
Toliver, who hit all of her 13 free-throw attempts, made two foul shots to spark an 8-2 spurt that gave the Mystics a 74-66 with two minutes left after a jumper by Natasha Cloud. Chelsea Gray hit a 3-pointer to pull the Sparks within five with 1:18 remaining, but Washington made 9 of 10 free throws from there to seal it.
Gray led Los Angeles (12-8) with 23 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. The Sparks have lost five of their last six.
The Mystics shot just 41 percent, including 1 of 16 from 3-point range, but made 32-of-35 free throws.
SKY 77, LYNX 63
CHICAGO (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Sky beat the Lynx.
Allie Quigley added 15 points and four steals for Chicago (7-12), which snapped a three-game skid.
Quigley and Cheyenne Parker made back-to-back layups and Vandersloot hit a 3-pointer to make it 49-42 with six minutes left in the third quarter and the Sky led the rest of the way. Maya Moore’s layup early in the fourth quarter trimmed Minnesota’s deficit to 68-61, but scored nine of the final 11 points to pull away.
Moore led the Lynx (11-8) with 16 points and Seimone Augustus scored 11. Minnesota, which came in leading the WNBA in 3-point field goal percentage (36.8), made just 5 of 18 from behind the arc.
Chicago hit 9-of-17 3-pointers.