SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie Sami Whitcomb made six of Seattle’s franchise-record 14 3-pointers and the Storm closed on a 9-0 run to beat the New York Liberty 87-81 on Friday night.
Whitcomb made four straight 3-pointers in the second half and was 6 of 8 from long range after halftime to set a WNBA record for 3s in a half. She finished with 22 points in just 15 minutes.
New York went on an 11-0 third-quarter run to take a 63-53 lead, but Seattle made 3-pointers on four consecutive possessions — three from Whitcomb — to pull to 70-65. Whitcomb opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and with under a minute left, she used a high screen from Breanna Stewart to sink a deep 3 for an 85-81 lead. Whitcomb sealed it with two free throws with 23.5 seconds left.
Stewart had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Seattle (3-1). Jewell Loyd added 16 points, and Crystal Langhorne had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Tina Charles scored 22 of her 28 points in the second half for New York (2-2). Charles took over in the third quarter, scoring 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
Sugar Rodgers made six of the Liberty’s nine 3-pointers and scored 21 points. Epiphanny Prince had 19 points and seven assists.
LYNX 82, SKY 68
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and nine rebounds to help Minnesota beat Connecticut for the second time in three days.
Minnesota has won 22 straight games in the month of May since 2012. The Lynx beat the Sun 80-78 on Tuesday night in Minnesota.
Rebekkah Brunson and Renee Montgomery each scored 11 points for Minnesota (5-0).
Maya Moore missed her first seven field goals and finally got a baseline jumper to fall with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter. She finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.
Lynetta Kizer had 12 points for Connecticut (0-4).
MYSTICS 88, SKY 79
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points against her former team in Washington’s victory over Chicago.
Tayler Hill added 19 points for Washington (3-2). Allie Quigley had 17 points, and Tamera Young 16 for Chicago (1-4).