SEATTLE (AP) Tina Charles had 19 points and 13 rebounds and the New York Liberty used a strong third quarter to beat the Seattle Storm 86-78 on Sunday night.
Neither team led by more than five until the Liberty (4-3) went on a 17-2 run in the third to go up 68-51 on Charles' jumper with 3:14 left in the quarter.
Seattle (3-5) rallied in the fourth quarter with a 15-2 spurt that cut the deficit to 76-73 with 3:45 left. Tanisha Wright answered with back-to-back jumpers against her former team and New York held off the Storm from there.
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Sugar Rodgers added 18 points, Shavonte Zellous scored 12 and Brittany Boyd 10 for the Liberty, ranked No. 4 in the AP WNBA power poll.
Alysha Clark had a career-high 23 points and Ramu Tokashiki added a season-high 15 for eighth-ranked Seattle.
The Storm's top three scorers, Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird, shot 7 of 32 from the field. Bird finished with 13 points and 10 assists, Breanna Stewart grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds but scored a career-low eight points, and Loyd had just three points after scoring a career-high 32 on Friday night.