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Recap: Delle Donne hits major milestone, Griner and Parker dominate in Sunday’s WNBA games

There was a great deal of action in the WNBA on Sunday.

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Brittney Griner scored 36 points on Sunday against the Indiana Fever in a big win for the Phoenix Mercury.
Stewart W. Smll

There were five WNBA games on Sunday. Here’s what happened:

The Dream hold on to beat the Mystics, 80-77

The Mystics raced out to a quick lead in the first quarter and Elena Delle Donne scored her 3,000th point, the fastest in WNBA history.

But the Dream took care of business from there, racing to a double-digit lead halfway through the fourth quarter. Washington made a comeback and had a chance to lead with 13 seconds left when Kristi Toliver missed a potential go-ahead shot.

Brittney Sykes was the impact performer for Atlanta, scoring 12 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter. For the Mystics, Delle Donne scored 23 points, but also shot 8-of-22 to get there, while Latoya Sanders added 16 more.

Liberty shake off rust with 107-84 win over the Sky

Tina Charles scored 21 points while five more players scored in double figures to lead New York to a much needed win over the hapless Sky.

If there’s anything that stood out today, Chicago only managed to grab 17 rebounds as a team while New York nearly doubled them up with 33. Also, no Sky player grabbed more than four rebounds while three Liberty players (Charles, Bria Hartley, Kia Stokes) grabbed six each.

Furthermore, Brittany Boyd tied a season-high 14 points while also dishing 10 assists in her first start this season. She more than provided the spark New York needed to win.

Brittney Griner leads Mercury to 101-82 rout of the Fever

The Indiana Fever stayed in this game throughout the first three quarters, with Candice Dupree scoring 23 points and Cappie Pondexter adding 17 more. In fact, the Fever were leading 48-46 at halftime. However, the second half was all Mercury, with Phoenix initially taking the lead in the third quarter.

The game remained relatively close until the fourth quarter when Brittney Griner scored 10 of her 36 points to put the game out of reach for Indiana. Griner also had 12 rebounds and 2 assists in the win, while Diana Taurasi scored 22 points and dished 7 assists.

This game was also notable because both Dupree and Pondexter played for the Mercury earlier in their careers and won championships though they never played in Phoenix together.

Candace Parker leads the Sparks to 99-78 blowout over the Aces

The Sparks’ do-it-all forward had another near triple-double, scoring 34 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing 9 assists. Like the Fever vs. Mercury game, this one was actually quite close until the fourth quarter, with LA having only a very slim 64-63 lead. At that time, Parker just turned on the jets, scoring 13 points, nine of them off three shots from downtown in the fourth quarter alone. Parker made five total threes on Sunday.

For the Aces, Kayla McBride scored 18 while A’ja Wilson added 13 more on 14 shots. Las Vegas’ surge is contained for now, but Wilson’s off-night of shooting the ball gives some reason for pause because she’s a post and doesn’t take many threes.

Sun blow out Lynx 83-64, thanks to rebounding and threes

The Sun got a signature win by beating the defending champs on their home floor. Morgan Tuck was Connecticut’s leading scorer with 15 points, but six Connecticut players scored in double figures. There didn’t seem to be a single player of the game in this win because no one had a double-double.

Rather, the Sun just dominated the Lynx on the boards (41 to 27) and made 12 three-pointers, while the Lynx just made four. Sunday just wasn’t the Lynx’s night. Only one Minnesota player, Sylvia Fowles, scored in double figures.