PHOENIX (AP) Candice Dupree scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half as the Phoenix Mercury lengthened their franchise-best winning streak to 10 games with a 90-61 victory Sunday over the San Antonio Stars.
The Mercury (16-3) used a second quarter run to take a 20-point lead at the break and led by as much as 31 in the second half in winning their 12th game in the last 13 and have the best record in the league by 1.5 games with the All-Star break coming at the end of the week.
Diana Taurasi had nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 24 minutes while Brittney Griner recorded 10 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot. She has 75 blocks on the season, more than twice as many as any other player in the league.
Danielle Robinson had eight points and Jayne Appel added six points and seven rebounds for San Antonio (11-11), which has lost two straight after winning four of five.
SPARKS 90, SUN 64
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Nneka Ogwumike had 24 points and seven rebounds and the Sparks used a big third quarter to rout the Connecticut Sun and her sister Chiney.
It was the first matchup of the Ogwumike sisters, who were only the second set of siblings to be drafted No. 1 in a professional league.
Chiney Ogwumike finished with 18 points for the Sun (9-13), who have lost seven of their past eight games.
The Sparks led by four points early in the second half when Nneka Ogwumike made two free throws, followed by a running jumper.
Alana Beard, Ogwumike and Lavender each added a jumper to give Los Angeles its first double-digit lead at 54-42.
Armintie Herrington’s 18-foot jumper gave Los Angeles its biggest lead at 84-53 with over four minutes left in the game.
DREAM 81, SKY 79, OT
ATLANTA (AP) – Angel McCoughtry matched a season high with 33 points, Tiffany Hayes hit the clinching free throws with 29 seconds remaining and the Dream beat the Sky for their fourth straight victory.
The Dream (15-5) looked sluggish after winning Saturday night at Indiana, shooting a season-low 35 percent from the field and finding it difficult to put away a Chicago team that’s lost five straight and 12 of 15.
Allie Quigley finished with a career-high 27 points in a reserve role, and Sylvia Fowles, who missed a layup at the regulation buzzer that would’ve won the game, had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Sky (8-13).
Sancho Lyttle scored 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Erika de Souza added eight points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.
LYNX 77, STORM 60
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Maya Moore scored 16 of her game-high 26 points in the third quarter to lead the Lynx to a victory over the Storm.
Janel McCarville scored 13 points while Devereaux Peters added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx (16-6), who won their third straight and have the best home record in the league at 9-1.
Camille Little led Seattle (9-14) with 17 points, while Temeka Johnson added 12 for the Storm, who have lost four of six.
Moore, who leads the WNBA in scoring at 23.7 points per game, opened the third quarter with a nine-point spurt in the first 2 minutes to push the Lynx to a 41-28 lead.