Sunday’s contests wrapped up an 11-game WNBA weekend full of upsets, career-highs and double-doubles. Here are the results from the last five games of the weekend.
Seattle Storm (97) vs. Dallas Wings (76)
As the Storm got back to their high-scoring selves, the Wings couldn’t put together a second big win as Seattle beat Dallas 97-76. Seattle’s lead was just four points going into the final quarter, but the Wings weren’t able to cut into the deficit as effectively as they had been earlier in the game, and the Storm were able to string together a 22-0 run as part of a 29-12 quarter. Breanna Stewart scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Storm, while Sue Bird added 10 points and 10 assists. The Wings suffered from multiple empty possessions and shot just 39.1 percent for the game, led by Liz Cambage’s 23 points and 9 rebounds.
This capped our 22-0 run! pic.twitter.com/OnL3fCcGp7— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) June 24, 2018
Los Angeles Sparks (80) vs. New York Liberty (54)
The first-place Sparks were able to recover quickly from Friday’s massive loss to the Wings and routed the Liberty on Sunday, 80-54. Bench points were the story of the game, as Los Angeles’ Riquna Williams led all scorers with 25 points and New York’s Amanda Zahui B led her team with a career-high 21 points. Nneka Ogwumike picked up a double-double for the Sparks with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Chelsea Gray dished a career-high 11 assists. Tina Charles was the only Liberty starter to reach double digits in scoring, adding 10 points.
Riquna Williams beats the halftime buzzer!— WNBA (@WNBA) June 24, 2018
Williams has 12 PTS and @LA_Sparks lead 43-27 at the break. #WatchMeWork pic.twitter.com/l9ADl3x3kE
Connecticut Sun (87) vs. Indiana Fever (78)
The once-unbeatable Sun had to come out of a four-game losing streak to take this game, but the hapless Fever proved beatable for the 13th time this season as Connecticut took the game, 87-78. Although all five Indiana starters scored in double figures, led by Natalie Achonwa’s 16 points, they came up just short in this close game as Connecticut pulled away in the fourth quarter. The Sun were led by Rachel Banham’s career-high 20 points and Brionna Jones’ 18 points and 10 rebounds (her first career double-double), both off the bench.
BANHAM FOR THREE!— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) June 24, 2018
17 pts is a new career high for @rachelbanham_1! pic.twitter.com/FmgEXmJniK
Minnesota Lynx (88) vs. Las Vegas Aces (73)
Two big quarters and two big scorers helped propel the Lynx over the Aces on Sunday in an 88-73 victory. Minnesota won the first quarter by 10 points and the third by 12 behind Maya Moore’s game-high 23 points and Sylvia Fowles’ 20 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Kayla McBride led the Aces with 18 points, while Kelsey Plum added 15. For the first time since they were 2-1, the Lynx are above .500 on the season and will take a league-leading four-game winning streak into their upcoming homestand.
23 is normally a bust in Vegas, but....@MooreMaya x #WNBAVote pic.twitter.com/3vy4tMkFUP— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) June 24, 2018
Chicago Sky (97) vs. Phoenix Mercury (88)
Both of these teams had streaks on their minds: The Mercury just saw an eight-game winning streak end, while the Sky came into this game on a six-game losing slide. Thanks to some hot shooting and holding strong in the fourth quarter, Chicago was able to pull off the 97-88 upset. Courtney Vandersloot notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists, while Allie Quigley led all scorers with 20 points. For the Mercury, Brittney Griner picked up a double-double of her own with 19 points and 10 rebounds, despite being ejected late in the third quarter.
.@alliequigley with the exclamation point to a hard-fought game. #skytown pic.twitter.com/l3kzPprpvs— Chicago Sky (@wnbachicagosky) June 25, 2018