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Recaps: ‘Dream-killers’ struck again, Wings soared, Storm surged into first

Two of Sunday’s favorites picked up key wins, while another’s winning streak ended.

Tiffany Hayes
Tiffany Hayes led the Atlanta Dream with 18 points in the team’s upset of the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday afternoon.
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All three Sunday WNBA games were highly-contested, full of star power and even featured a few records. Here’s what happened.

Atlanta Dream (76) vs. Phoenix Mercury (70)

Although the Dream came into this game below .500, their pedigree of beating high-level teams shone once more as they put away the Mercury. While Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner’s combined dominance resulted in a combined 37 points, it was the five Dream players in double figures that stole the show, led by Tiffany Hayes’ 18 points. Jessica Breland added 12 rebounds to go with her 5 points. It was a cold shooting afternoon for both teams, with the Dream shooting just 40.8 percent, but that was still enough to best the Mercury’s 36.5 percent. While the Mercury tried to mount a comeback near the end of the game to preserve their four-game winning streak, winning the final quarter 22-11, their efforts came up just short.

Dallas Wings (97) vs. New York Liberty (87)

The stars shone for both teams in Westchester, but the Wings’ offense was unmatched as they handily beat the Liberty. Skylar Diggins-Smith led the way with 32 points, which gave her franchise records for 20-point games (54) and 30-point games (8). Liz Cambage added 19 points and 12 rebounds to notch her eighth double-double of the season, and rookie Azurá Stevens put in another big game for the Wings, coming off the bench to score 13 points in 19 minutes. For the Liberty, it was Tina Charles leading the team once more with 26 points and 9 rebounds. While New York shot just 40 percent to Dallas’ 49.2 percent, the Liberty’s biggest troubles came at the free throw line, where they converted only 19 of 28 shots.

Seattle Storm (97) vs. Washington Mystics (91)

Seattle knew going into this game that they were in sole possession of first place following Phoenix’s loss, and they made sure they stayed there, besting the Mystics in a hard-fought game. Breanna Stewart led the Storm with 25 points and 10 rebounds, but the story of the game was Sue Bird’s 21-point effort. As the Storm pulled away in the third quarter, Bird sunk a pull-up jumper that made her the team’s all-time leading scorer, passing Lauren Jackson for the team record and seventh place on the league’s all-time scoring list. Elena Delle Donne had another big game for Washington, scoring a game-high 29 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The teams scored a combined 26 threes, with the Mystics’s 14 besting the league-leading Storm’s 12.