The usual suspects came out to play in wins for their teams, but a gaggle of underdogs showed everyone that they mean business. Here are the results of Tuesday’s games:
Atlanta Dream (72) vs. New York Liberty (79)
The Dream’s low field-goal percentage (29.9%) and 6 points in the first quarter proved too great a deficit to overcome. Angel McCoughtry posted 39 points to lead all scorers and 14 rebounds. Tina Charles had 29 points and 8 rebounds in the Liberty win. Other than McCoughtry and Charles, both teams struggled in shooting from the floor.
Chicago Sky (60) vs. Washington Mystics (88)
The Sky struggled in all areas as the Mystics played good team ball for the win. Kristi Toliver with 19 points and 8 assists, and Elena Delle Donne with 14 points and 4 assists, paced the Mystics. This is the Sky’s fifth straight loss.
Dallas Wings (83) vs. Minnesota Lynx (91)
The Wings trailed the Lynx for three quarters and came up just short of a victorious rally in the fourth, outscoring the Lynx by ten. The Wings’ comeback was led by Skylar Diggins-Smith, with 17 points and 7 assists, and Liz Cambage contributed 16 points, 9 boards and a career-high 5 assists. Maya Moore scored 21 points and had 7 assists and Sylvia Fowles added a double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Fowles also tied her career high in steals, with 5 in the contest.
Las Vegas Aces (89) vs. Seattle Storm (77)
The Aces’ impressive 57% three-point shooting on the night and solid rebounding were deciding factors in this contest. A’ja Wilson posted 25 points, 15 boards and 6 assists, with Tamera Young and Kayla McBride adding 17 points each. Breanna Stewart had 27 points and 8 boards in the loss for the Storm.
Indiana Fever (55) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (74)
After a strong first quarter, the Fever were never able to catch up to the Sparks. Natalie Achonwa led the Fever with 13 points and 14 rebounds and posted an impressive +18 rebound margin. With their fifth straight win, the Sparks were led by Candace Parker with 15 points on 7-of-12 (58%) shooting from the floor. Three other Sparks had double-digit scoring nights: Nneka Ogwumike (12), Chelsea Gray (14) and Riquna Williams (10).