NEW YORK (AP) Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 29 points to lead Indiana to a 90-76 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday, ending the Fever’s three-game losing streak.
The Fever moved past the Liberty into third place in the tight Eastern Conference. Catchings got the Fever going with 12 points in the first quarter as Indiana dominated from the start.
The Fever (14-17) led 10-8 before going on a 14-4 run to close the quarter. Catchings had five points during the burst.
It only got worse for New York (13-17) from there as Indiana extended its advantage to 23 in the second quarter and led by 19 at the half.
Down 23 in the third, New York cut it to 77-68 on Sugar Rodgers’ 3-pointer with 4:56 left, but Catchings answered with her own 3 to restore the double-digit lead and seal the win.
SUN 89, MYSTICS 81, 2 OT
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Reserve Kelsey Griffin’s follow shot at the end of regulation forced overtime and she added a 3-pointer late in the second overtime to lead Connecticut over Washington.
However, the Sun were eliminated from Eastern Conference playoff contention later Sunday after the Chicago Sky beat the first-place Atlanta Dream, 80-69.
Reserve Renee Montgomery made all six of her free throws in the second overtime and finished with 14 points for the Sun (12-20). Alex Bentley added 18 points and four steals and Kelsey Bone had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Ivory Latta had 20 points and six assists and Emma Meesseman added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Washington (15-16), which is in second place in the Eastern Conference and would have qualified for the playoffs with a win.
SKY 80, DREAM 69
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) – Allie Quigley scored 17 points and Chicago prevented Atlanta from clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Sky are tied for third place in the East. The top four conference teams qualify for the playoffs.
With Washington’s loss to Connecticut on Sunday, the Dream could have secured first place in the East with a victory. They were without top scorer Angel McCoughtry, who was averaging 19 points and 5.4 rebounds, because of tendinitis in her feet.
Sancho Lyttle had 16 points and Shoni Schimmel 15 for the Dream, who have clinched a playoff berth despite losing five straight and nine of 11. Atlanta has lost five straight for the first time since a 10-game losing streak in 2008.
Elena Delle Donne scored 15, Jamierra Faulkner added 14 and Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince each had 13 for the Sky.
STARS 82, SPARKS 76
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Kayla McBride scored 21 points, Jayne Appel tied a franchise record with 20 rebounds, and San Antonio beat Los Angeles.
Sophia Young-Malcolm and Danielle Robinson had 14 points apiece, and Jia Perkins added 12 for San Antonio (14-18), which pulled within a half-game of Los Angeles (14-17) for third place in the Western Conference.
Nneka Ogwumike scored 18 points, Jantel Lavender added 15 and Alana Beard had 13 for the Sparks.
STORM 75, SHOCK 68
SEATTLE (AP) – Sue Bird scored 22 points and Camille Little added 16 to help the Storm rally from a 13-point second-half deficit and beat the Shock.
Bird, who scored 10 in the fourth quarter, hit four 3s as Seattle (12-20) climbed into a tie with Tulsa (12-20) for fifth, two games behind San Antonio for the fourth and final playoff spot with games left at Los Angeles and at home against Phoenix.
Skylar Diggins scored 23 and Glory Johnson added 15 to lead Tulsa, which dropped into fifth after winning two in a row. The Shock still must play at Atlanta and at Minnesota.