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Recap: Sun remain undefeated in preseason, while Storm and Liberty pick up wins

The Sparks are now 0-2 for the preseason, but fans should not be too worried about LA.

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There were three WNBA preseason games on Tuesday as the Storm, Liberty, and Sun picked up wins. Meanwhile, we saw the Los Angeles Sparks drop to 0-2 in the preseason. Is that anything to be particularly worried about? Let’s review and find out.

Seattle Storm 73, Phoenix Mercury 69

Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart, and rookie Jordin Canada scored 15 points each on Tuesday afternoon to give Seattle the boost they needed to defeat the Phoenix Mercury. DeWanna Bonner scored 13 points for Phoenix in the loss.

Though Seattle came up victorious, they were very close to full strength. The Mercury did not play many of their key players, including Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, and Sancho Lyttle. Ultimately, Phoenix’s reserve units plus Bonner and Briann January committed a total of 22 turnovers which contributed to the loss.

New York Liberty 81, Los Angeles Sparks 75

Kia Nurse scored 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting while Marissa Coleman added 14 more to lead the Liberty to a hard fought win over the WNBA runners up. For the Sparks, Cappie Pondexter scored 17 points and dished five assists while Essence Carson added 14 more points. Sydney Wiese scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds for L.A.

The Liberty are now 1-1 in the preseason while the Sparks are 0-2. Before Sparks fans start feeling worried, it’s important to note that Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike have yet to play. Also, preseason games are often more about figuring out rotations than the absolute win/loss at the end of the game.

Connecticut Sun, 79, Dallas Wings 58

Courtney Williams scored 18 points on 9 of 10 shooting to lead the Sun to a comfortable rout over the Wings. Jasmine Thomas, Morgan Tuck, and Rachel Banham also scored in double figures in the win.

For Dallas, Liz Cambage was their bright spot as she scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while playing just 17 minutes. But besides here, there wasn’t much to root for with Dallas because starters either shot poorly (Skylar Diggins-Smith was scoreless on 0 of 5 shooting), and the Wings were clearly giving more time to test reserves out. Azura Stevens, was unable to follow up on her 19 point debut on Monday.

The Sun are now 2-0 in the preseason while Dallas is 1-1.

Next preseason games

There are no preseason games until Friday, May 11 when the Connecticut Sun host the Atlanta Dream at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.