- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Diana Taurasi had 21 points and 11 assists and Candice Dupree had 18 points and 10 rebounds and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Minnesota Lynx 80-72 on Sunday.

Brittney Griner scored 14 points and DeWanna Bonner added 12 for the Mercury (7-3).

The Mercury beat the Lynx for the first time since 2011 - a streak spanning 10 regular season and four playoff games.

Maya Moore had 14 points for the Lynx (8-3). The Mercury handed the Lynx their first home loss of the season as Minnesota has lost three of its past four games after starting 7-0 on the season.

After trailing by as much as 23 points, the Lynx pulled within single digits in the fourth quarter, but the comeback attempt fell short.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Erika DeSouza and Angel McCoughtry each scored 16 points and the Dream won their fourth straight game with a victory over the turnover-plagued Mystics.

Sancho Lyttle scored 10 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter and Tiffany Hayes had 14 for the Dream (7-3), who turned Washington’s 21 turnovers into 21 points.

Washington trailed by 11 in the first half and tied the game three times after halftime, but never took the lead. Lyttle’s scoring fueled a decisive 11-3 run starting with 3:48 remaining.

Atlanta outrebounded Washington 17-4 on the offense boards and held an 18-0 advantage in second-chance points.

Bria Hartley scored 13 points for the Mystics (5-6), who have lost four of five.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Skylar Diggins scored a career-high 26 points to help the Shock win a franchise-record fourth-straight game with a victory over the Storm.

Courtney Paris added 16 points and 12 rebounds while Glory Johnson had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Shock (4-5). Odyssey Sims added 15 points.

Tanisha Wright scored 24 points to lead the Storm (5-8). Sue Bird added 12 and Shekinna Stricklen had 11 for Seattle.

The victory completed a four-game homestand for the Shock.


UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Kelsey Griffin had 12 points and the Sun earned their fourth straight win with a victory over the Liberty.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Sun (6-6). Katie Douglas had 14 points, rookie Alyssa Thomas had 13 points and seven rebounds. Alex Bentley had 12 points and four assists. Kelsey Bone added 10 points and five rebounds.

Connecticut was without starters Allison Hightower (sprained knee) and rookie Chiney Ogwumike, who was at Stanford’s graduation.

Cappie Pondexter had 21 points and five assists for the Liberty (3-8) and former Sun center Tina Charles added 15 points and five assists.

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