ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 27 points and Seimone Augustus hit the tiebreaking jumper with 4.3 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Lynx to an 89-87 win over the Dallas Wings on Saturday night.
After Augustus knocked down a 15-footer, Skylar Diggins-Smith made one of two free throws for the Wings with two seconds left and Maya Moore did the same for the Lynx with 1.3 to go. Allisha Gray’s desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer came up short.
Moore hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points and Augustus had 18 points. Rebekkah Brunson grabbed 11 rebounds for Minnesota (3-0) to become the fifth player in WNBA history to surpass 3,000.
Diggins had 22 points with eight assists and Gray 15 points for Dallas (1-1). The Tulsa/Dallas franchise has lost 14 straight home games to Minnesota.
The Lynx made 12 straight free throws in a 14-4 run the produced a 49-37 lead at the half but the Wings charged back to lead 68-67 after three quarters and the lead changed hands eight times in the fourth quarter.
FEVER 81, SUN 79
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Shenise Johnson scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead jumper with 46 seconds remaining, and the Fever rallied to beat the Sun.
The Fever (1-2) ended a streak of four straight losses in home openers while also giving Pokey Chatman her first victory as Indiana’s coach.
Connecticut (0-2) was without starters Jasmine Thomas (attending her brother’s wedding) and Alyssa Thomas (concussion protocol), but led 45-40 at halftime and was up 11 in the final minute of the third quarter.
Morgan Tuck’s 3-pointer got the Sun within 76-75 with 16 seconds left but Connecticut was called for a dead-ball foul on Indiana’s inbounds. The Fever converted the free throw and kept possession. Four free throws were then enough to ensure the win.
Candice Dupree scored 19 points to lead Indiana.