WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Tina Charles scored 29 points and the New York Liberty overcame a strong effort from Angel McCoughtry to beat the short-handed Atlanta Dream 79-72 on Tuesday night.
McCoughtry finished with a career-high 39 points. She was 19 for 22 from the foul line – both career bests. She also had 14 rebounds for the Dream.
The Liberty (4-6) were cruising early in this game, up 16 points in the first half before McCoughtry got going for the Dream. She had 23 points combined in the second and third quarters to rally the Dream (6-6).
The Dream were missing Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Sykes, who are both in walking boots. Hayes injured her left ankle in a loss to Indiana and Sykes has missed five games with an injured right foot.
MYSTICS 88, SKY 60
WASHINGTON (AP) – Kristi Toliver had 19 points and eight assists to help the Mystics beat the Sky .
The Mystics (7-5) opened the second half with a 17-2 run to go ahead 63-34 shortly after the midpoint of the third quarter. They extended to their largest lead at 86-53 in the middle of the fourth.
Elena Delle Donne added 14 points for Washington, which first pulled away in the second quarter with 13 straight points to lead by 16.
The Mystics came into the game losing four of five,
Cheyenne Parker had 18 points and Kahleah Copper scored 13 for the Sky (3-8), who lost their fifth in a row.
LYNX 91, WINGS 83
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Maya Moore scored 21, Sylvia Fowles added 19 points and 17 rebounds, and the Lynx beat the Wings.
The Lynx (5-6) made all eight of their free throws in the final 1:11 to hold off a late charge from the Wings (5-5).
Minnesota jumped in front early with 12 straight points and led 25-10 in the first quarter. The Wings closed within nine before the end of the period, but the Lynx pushed the lead back to double digits early in the second quarter and kept it there until the final two minutes of the game.
Skylar Diggins-Smith’s 3-pointer with 20.7 seconds left cut the deficit to 87-83 after the Wings had trailed by as many as 21. Diggins-Smith finished with 17 points and Liz Cambage added 16 points and nine boards.
For the defending champion Lynx, the victory was the second time this season that they have won back-to-back games.
SPARKS 74, FEVER 55
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Candace Parker scored 15 and the Los Angeles Sparks used their defense to win their fifth straight, beating the Fever.
The Fever’s offensive output was a season low in scoring as well as a season best defensively for the Sparks (9-2).
Los Angeles pulled away with 12 straight points to lead 70-53 on Chelsea Gray’s basket with 1:31 left in the game. Gray added 14 points and Nneka Ogwumike scored 12.
The Sparks remained alone atop the WNBA standings.
Natalie Achonwa had 13 points and Tiffany Mitchell scored 10 for the Fever (1-11), who were coming in off their first win of the season.
ACES 87, STORM 77
SEATTLE (AP) – A’ja Wilson had 25 points and 15 rebounds and the Aces pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Storm.
Tamera Young and Kayla McBride added 17 points each for the Aces (4-9), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Las Vegas erased a six-point deficit with an 8-2 burst to end the third quarter and opened the fourth with a 19-6 run to lead 83-70.
The Storm (8-4) trailed 17-3 early but battled back to 22-16 by the end of the first quarter. Seattle took its first lead at 39-38 on the last points scored before halftime.
Breanna Stewart had 27 points and Jewell Loyd added 14 for the Storm. Starters Sue Bird (rest) and Alysha Clark (ankle) were out of the game for Seattle.