Minnesota Lynx made San Antonio Silver Stars look bad on offense, holding them to 36% from the field. What a couple of weeks ago looked like a very interesting top three in the West has become kind of boring. The Lynx even without Seimone Augustus looked dominant and, barring more injuries, should be on their way to a repeat championship.
Mystics players must be counting down the days and hours until the end of season as they clearly weren’t in the game against Atlanta Dream. Atlanta recorded 29 assists and shot at 58% from the field.
New York Liberty moved back in playoff position after a 23-7 third quarter allowed them to erase a double digit halftime deficit. It came down to final possesions and less dumb in those turned out the be the Liberty players (paging Candace Parker, you’re not a guard, you can’t take 2 opponents while running on break). Kristi Toliver had an open three pointer for the Sparks win, but she missed as Liberty prevailed.
Sylvia Fowles wasn’t available for Chicago Sky after sustaining some kind of calf injury on Friday. The Sky lost a game they had to win to remain fighting for a playoff spot. They’re now half a game behind NY and have still to play the likes of Minnesota, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Sky led for more than 3 quarters. Tina Charles scored 8 points in the 4th quarter, Renee Montgomery made 2 treys in it.
Phoenix Mercury somehow got a 11 point first quarter lead which they were able to lose by the end of the first quarter. Indiana took over the game and controlled it throughout even though the score might suggest otherwise. Phoenix are now officially eliminated from the playoffs, meaning that Seattle has secured the final spot in the West.
Minnesota Lynx – San Antonio Silver Stars 81-62
Lynx: Moore 18 (12 reb), Brunson 15 (12 reb), Whalen 11, Wright 11, Peters 10
Silver Stars: Young 20, Christon 8, Appel 8
Washington Mystics – Atlanta Dream 68-93
Mystics: Langhorne 12, Quinn 12, Currie 10, Thomas 10
Dream: Price 15, Harding 15, de Souza 12 (10 reb), Kraayeveld 11, Hayes 10
Los Angeles Sparks – New York Liberty 71-73
Sparks: Toliver 17, Parker 14 (15 reb), Ogwumike 13
Liberty: Pondexter 21, Pierson 17, Carson 14
Chicago Sky – Connecticut Sun 77-82
Sky: Cash 21 (15 reb), Vandersloot 15, Prince 14
Sun: Charles 24, Montgomery 12, White 11, Griffin 10, McCray 9
Phoenix Mercury – Indiana Fever 83-89
Mercury: Bonner 23, Houston 14, Kizer 11
Fever: Douglas 30, Catchings 19, January 8, Phillips 8, Goodlett 8