Elena Delle Donne hits 3-pointer at buzzer to lift Mystics
WASHINGTON (AP) Elena Delle Donne hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Washington Mystics an 80-77 victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday night.
After LaToya Sanders hit two free throws to give Washington (10-5) a 77-75 lead with 17.1 seconds to play, Tina Charles banked in a short turn-around jumper to tie it about 10 seconds later. Kristi Toliver’s 3-point attempt was blocked by Sugar Rodgers as time appeared to expire, but 0.6 seconds were put on the clock after video review, and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt found Delle Donne with the inbound pass for the winner.
Delle Donne led Washington with 22 points, Shatori Kimbrough-Walker had 12, and Toliver 10. The Mystics have won four in a row.
Epiphanny Prince led New York (4-10) with a season-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Charles finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Kia Vaughn had 16 points. The Liberty have lost four straight.
STORM 81, SPARKS 72
SEATTLE (AP) – Breanna Stewart scored 20 of her 27 points in the second half and Sue Bird had 10 points and 11 assists to help Seattle beat Los Angeles.
Natasha Howard added 14 points, and Jewell Loyd had 13 for the Storm (11-5).
Candace Parker led the Sparks (11-4) with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Nneka Ogwumike, a four-time WNBA All-Star, missed her second consecutive game with a back injury.