There were four games on Friday night in the WNBA. Here’s what went down.
Dream blow out the Fever, 98-74
The Atlanta Dream (11-9) took advantage of a 30-7 second-quarter run that helped them secure the victory. Six Dream players scored in double figures, led by Elizabeth Williams, who shot 6 of 7 from the field with 14 points even though she played only 19 minutes. Tiffany Mitchell scored 17 points in the Fever’s (2-19) loss, while Erica Wheeler added 15 more. The big difference-maker in this game was Atlanta’s assist game, where 29 of 37 field goals came from an assist.
Mystics get win over the Sky, 88-72
The Mystics’ (13-8) depth really showed Friday night in their blowout win over the Chicago Sky (7-14). Elena Delle Donne led Washington with 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting, while Ariel Atkins added 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
.@HeirTrip notched 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in the Mystics win today! She is the second @WashMystics' rookie in the past ten seasons to reach 25 points in a game— WNBA (@WNBA) July 14, 2018
Watch her work #WatchMeWork pic.twitter.com/FOfA4hZpoy
For Chicago, Allie Quigley scored 17 points, but there just wasn’t much bench help for Chicago. Besides Gabby Williams, no other Sky reserve played more than five minutes. For Washington, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Tianna Hawkins played about 13 minutes each, while Monique Currie and Tayler Hill played at least seven minutes each.
Sun beat Mercury, 91-87
Chiney Ogwumike and Courtney Williams scored 22 and 25 points, respectively, to give the Sun (11-10) a much-needed win over the Mercury (14-8). Ogwumike shot an impressive 10 of 11 from the field. Check out Williams’ highlights below:
For the third time this season, @CourtMWilliams tallied over 20 points!— WNBA (@WNBA) July 14, 2018
Watch Courtney Williams (25 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST) and Diana Taurasi (28 PT. 7 REB, 6 AST) duel it out in Connecticut #WatchMeWork pic.twitter.com/sp8Kj3f5SC
Diana Taurasi led Phoenix with 28 points and six assists. She kept things interesting by making a three-pointer to make the score 85-83 with with just 3:14 to play, but Williams scored four points in the final minutes to give Connecticut the win. Phoenix was one of the WNBA’s hottest teams in June, but have now lost three straight.
Aces rack up another signature win, defeating the Lynx, 85-77
The Aces (10-12) just know how to get signature win after signature win. Las Vegas already has wins over the Storm, Sparks and Mystics. They are now on a four-game winning streak after beating the Lynx (12-9) on Friday night.
Kayla McBride scored 24 points to lead Las Vegas, though she shot only 1 of 8 from the three-point line. Check out her first-half highlights below:
For Minnesota, Lindsay Whalen had a really good night, scoring 22 points and making all three of her three-point attempts. Seimone Augustus aded 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting. However, Minnesota was held to just 39.7 percent shooting while Las Vegas made just a tad under 50 percent of their shots, which proved to be the difference in this game.