- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

From combined dispatches

LYNX 96, MYSTICS 94 (OT): Rookie Renee Montgomery scored 16 of her season-high 21 points in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime as Minnesota rallied to beat Washington in Minneapolis on Tuesday night.

Montgomery, the No. 4 overall pick in April’s draft, scored six of her points in the extra period to lead the Lynx (8-4) to their fourth win in five games.

With 1.1 seconds remaining and Minnesota leading 95-92, Washington’s Lindsey Harding was fouled on a 3-point attempt. Harding hit the first two free throws, but her third attempt rimmed out.

Harding, traded from Minnesota to the Mystics in the offseason, had 27 points but missed an open jumper at the end of regulation. Alana Beard, the league’s No. 4 scorer, added 14 points for Washington (5-5) but fouled out with 14.8 seconds remaining in regulation.

Nicky Anosike scored 24 points for Minnesota while shooting 12-for-17 from the free throw line. Teammate Charde Houston finished with 19 points after going scoreless in the first half.

With Minnesota trailing 65-56 in the fourth period, the Lynx began chipping away until Montgomery took over. Montgomery scored six straight points on a pair of three-point plays, driving hard to the basket for a layup and getting to the line for a free throw as Minnesota took a 78-76 lead with just over a minute remaining in regulation.

STORM 66, SILVER STARS 53: Swin Cash had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Sue Bird added 17 points in Seattle’s home victory over San Antonio.

Bird helped the Storm grab a 53-44 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Becky Hammon made four straight free throws to cut the Silver Stars’ deficit to five.

Cash scored the next four points to push the lead back to nine. With 3:20 left, Bird connected on an off-balance, right-handed desperation shot from the right wing as the shot clock expired to give the Storm an 11-point advantage, their first double-digit lead of the game.

DREAM 72, SUN 67: Chamique Holdsclaw scored 19 points and Erica DeSouza had a double-double to help Atlanta hold off visiting Connecticut.

DeSouza finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Dream, who won the season series against the Sun 2-1. Iziane Castro Marques and Sancho Lyttle had 14 points apiece.

Asjha Jones and Tan White each led Connecticut (5-5) with 14 points.

The Dream (6-7) went into halftime with a 19-point lead, sparked by a 12-3 run to close out the second quarter.

Keisha Brown, who scored all of her 11 points in the second half, hit a 3-pointer and a midrange jumper that closed the gap to 61-56 with 6:41 left in the final period. But Atlanta answered with back-to-back jumpers from Marques and Holdsclaw to go up by nine.

White’s layup with 9.7 seconds left pulled Connecticut within two points, but Lyttle’s two free throws sealed the game for the Dream.

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