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Catchings' late FTs lift Fever past Liberty

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP)

Tamika Catchings scored 23 points, including the winning free throws with 8.4 seconds left, to give the Indiana Fever an 84-82 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday.

Katie Douglas scored 20 points and Shavonte Zellous added 12 as the Fever (10-6) squandered a 12-point lead and trailed by four in the final minutes before rallying.

Cappie Pondexter scored a season-high 33 points and Essence Carson added 14 for the Liberty (6-11), who have lost two straight and six of nine.

Trailing 73-70 midway through the fourth quarter, the Liberty scored seven consecutive points to take their biggest lead. Catchings made two 3s to regain the lead for the Fever with less than 2 minutes to go.

Pondexter hit a tying jumper, and Douglas and Pondexter traded 3-pointers 14 seconds apart to leave the score tied at 82 with 35.5 seconds to go.

SUN 77, MYSTICS 70

At Washington, Kara Lawson scored 17 points and Tina Charles had 16 as Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut won its third straight.

Tan White added 11 points for the Sun (13-4), who improved to a league-best 7-1 on the road after winning just six times away from home a year ago. Connecticut has won all three meetings with Washington this season and the last seven overall.

The Sun shot 7 for 13 (54 percent) on 3-pointers, led by Lawson's 3-for-5 effort.

Crystal Langhorne scored 15 points and Michelle Snow had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the the last-place Mystics (3-13). Matee Ajavon added 13 points, Monique Currie had 12 and Noelle Quinn 10.

LYNX 107, SHOCK 86

At Tulsa, Candice Wiggins scored 25 points, Maya Moore had 24 and Minnesota used an 18-2 run to pull away in the fourth quarter.

Seimone Augustus added 17 points, Lindsay Whalen had 14 and Taj McWilliams-Franklin 12 for the Lynx (13-4). Wiggins and Moore both shot 8 for 12 from the field, with Wiggins going 6 for 9 on 3-pointers.

Ivory Latta led the Shock (3-13) with 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting, including 5 for 8 on 3s. Kayla Pedersen added 12 points and Glory Johnson had 11.

The Lynx took a 51-46 lead at the break and then increased the margin to 10 points in the third before the Shock pulled to 76-75 in the opening minute of the fourth.

However, Wiggins had eight points, including two 3s, during Minnesota's big run.

SPARKS 90, MERCURY 71

At Phoenix, Candace Parker had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Los Angeles to its fourth straight win.

Kristi Tolliver added 19 points and six assists and Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles (14-6). Parker also had four assists and three blocks.

DeWanna Bonner and rookie Sammy Prahalis both had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Mercury (4-14). Alexis Gray-Lawson added 13 points and Krystal Thomas scored 11.

Both teams were playing their third games in four days but Los Angeles won all three while the Mercury lost all three. Phoenix has lost five straight and seven of nine.

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