WASHINGTON (AP) Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Washington Mystics beat the Las Vegas Aces 75-70 on Tuesday night
Ariel Atkins’ steal and fast-break layup gave Washington a 67-65 lead and Kristi Toliver made a baseline jumper on the Mystics’ next possession. Delle Donne blocked a shot and made an up-and-under basket at the other end for a four-point lead.
A’ja Wilson was fouled on a putback and completed the three-point play with 30 seconds left to pull Las Vegas within 71-70. But Natasha Cloud dribbled down the clock and made a driving layup. Las Vegas missed a two-point shot and Tianna Hawkins secured it at the line.
Hawkins finished with 17 points for Washington (2-0) and Atkins, a rookie, scored 15. The pair each made three of Washington’s eight 3-pointers.
Wilson paced Las Vegas (0-2) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Nia Coffey added 14 points and Tamera Young 13.
SPARKS 87, FEVER 70
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Nneka Ogwumike had 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Sparks beat the Fever.
Los Angeles, which took over the top spot in the AP WNBA power poll this week, jumped out to a 20-6 lead and it was 50-36 at the half behind 17 points from Ogwumike. Indiana pulled within 67-57 early in the fourth quarter but the Sparks answered with a 9-2 run and led by double figures the rest of the way.
Odyssey Sims added 17 points and Chelsea Gray, who hit a game-winner against defending champion Minnesota on Sunday, scored 12 points for Los Angeles (2-0). Candace Parker missed her second straight game with a back injury.
The Sparks have won 13 of the past 16 regular-season games in the series – including six of the last eight on the road.
Kelsey Mitchell scored 20 points and Tiffany Mitchell added 14 for Indiana (0-3). Natalie Achonwa, coming off career highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, had six points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes.