Jonquel Jones, Courtney Williams lead Sun past Mercury
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jonquel Jones had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Courtney Williams scored 12 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter and the Connecticut Sun beat the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 68-62 on Thursday night.
Connecticut (15-6), which is 11-1 at home this season, has won six straight games to remain atop the WNBA standings. Phoenix (10-10) was without star center Brittney Griner after the 6:23 mark of the second quarter due to an ankle injury.
Shekinna Stricklen added 12 points, and Jasmine Thomas had 10 for Connecticut. Jones had her fourth double-double in six games, totaling 11 on the season.
DeWanna Bonner had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Leilani Mitchell added 13 points for Phoenix. Former UConn star Diana Taurasi did not play. UConn coach Geno Auriemma sat courtside.
WINGS 87, LIBERTY 64
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 22 points, fellow rookie Megan Gustafson added 11 points and eight rebounds and Dallas beat New York to move out of last place in the WNBA standings.
Dallas (6-15) snapped a six-game losing streak with its first victory since July 9. New York (8-12) has lost four in a row on the road.
Kia Nurse scored 13 points for New York, and rookie Asia Durr added 10.
SPARKS 76, ACES 68
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Candace Parker added 16 points in her return and Los Angeles beat Las Vegas for its sixth victory in seven games.
Gray added 16 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles (12-8). Chiney Ogwumike did not play after getting a tooth pulled.
Kayla McBride led Las Vegas (14-7) with 19 points.