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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Natalie Achonwa had 17 points and nine rebounds to help the Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx 71-59 on Tuesday night.

The Fever (2-16) won their first regular-season game at the Target Center since 2011.

Achonwa shot 7 of 10 from the field and tied her career-high with three blocks. Rookie Victoria Vivians had 13 points – her fifth consecutive game scoring in double figures – and Cappie Pondexter added a season-high 12 points for Indiana.

Pondexter, who was signed by Indiana on Sunday, converted a 3-point play to spark an 8-0 run that gave the Fever a 59-51 lead when Achonwa hit a jumper with 5:53 to play. Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer about a minute later to pull the Lynx within four but Vivians answered with a deep 3 as the shot clock expired as Indiana scored 10 of the final 12 points.

Rebekkah Brunson, the only Minnesota player to score in double figures, had 13 points. The Lynx (10-7), who shot just 32.8 percent from the field, had their seven-game win streak snapped.

WINGS 108, SKY 85

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Liz Cambage scored a career-high 37 points and Skylar Diggins-Smith had 18 of her 20 points in the decisive third quarter to help the Wings beat the Sky.

It was the Wings’ second-highest scoring output in franchise history.

Cambage shot 16 of 20 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Dallas (8-8) led 51-49 at the break before Cambage and Diggins-Smith combined for 28 of the Wings’ 32 third-quarter points. Cambage scored six and Diggins-Smith added five during an 11-2 run to open the second half that gave Dallas a 62-51 lead. Diggins-Smith made a layup, hit a 3-pointer and then assisted on a layup by Cambage that made it 83-66 late in the third and Chicago trailed by at least nine the rest of the way.

Diamond DeShields, the third pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft, led the Sky (6-11) with 20 points, Allie Quigley scored 18 and Alaina Coates added a career-high 10 points. Coates, selected No. 2 overall in 2017, missed all of last season while recovering from ankle surgery.

Chicago’s Jamierra Faulkner left the game with an injury late in the fourth quarter.


NEW YORK (AP) – Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd scored 21 points apiece to help the Storm beat the Liberty.

Stewart made 9 of 12 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals. Natasha Howard added 13 points and Sue Bird had 11 assists for Seattle. The Storm (13-5) moved into a tie with Phoenix atop the WNBA standings.

Stewart made back-to-back baskets to spark a 14-0 run that gave Seattle an 11-point lead when Bird hit two free throws with 32.1 seconds left in the first half. Epiphanny Prince answered with two foul shots, but Loyd’s putback of an airball by Howard at the buzzer made it 39-28 at the break and the Liberty trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

Bria Hartley led New York with 16 points. The Liberty (5-12) have lost six of their last seven games.

The Storm had 25 assists on 30 field goals.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chiney Ogwumike made a layup with 18.5 seconds left to help the Sun hold on for a win over the Sparks.

Ogwumike finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Rachel Banham had 11 points and six assists and Alex Bentley scored 10 points for Connecticut (10-7).

The Sun led by as many as 20 points in the first half and didn’t trail until Nneka Ogwumike – Chiney’s older sister – made a layup that gave the Sparks a 65-64 lead midway through the fourth quarter. There were five more lead changes – the last of which came on a 3-point play by Nneka Ogwumike that put Los Angeles up by one with 27.9 seconds left – before Chiney Ogwumike’s layup that proved to be the winner.

L.A.’s Chelsea Gray lost the ball out of bounds with 3.5 seconds to go. After Connecticut called a timeout, moving the ball to midcourt, Nneka stole the inbound pass but her shot from two steps inside half court missed.

The Sparks scored eight points, on 2-of-13 shooting, in the first quarter – their lowest scoring quarter of the season.

Nneka Ogwumike led Los Angeles with 20 points and Candace Parker scored 17, all in the second half.

Connecticut was still missing Alyssa Thomas (shoulder injury) and Courtney Williams (personal).