- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - DeWanna Bonner scored 22 points and the Phoenix Mercury extended their home winning streak to 22 games with an 81-66 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

Candice Dupree scored 16 points, Leilani Mitchell had 11 and Alex Harden added 10 off the bench for Phoenix (2-2).

Minnesota (3-1) was led by Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus with 17 points apiece. Lindsay Whalen added 13.

Phoenix used a six-point spurt at the end of the first quarter to take the lead and settled for a 48-38 edge at the half.

Both teams shot over 48 percent in the half, but the Mercury made 5 of 8 from beyond the arc and Minnesota was 0 of 4.

The Lynx went over three minutes early in the third without scoring, and Phoenix ran its lead to 17 after a pair of Monique Curry free throws.

Phoenix’s Brittney Griner served the fourth of her seven-game suspension due to her offseason domestic violence incident.


NEW YORK (AP) - Ivory Latta scored 20 points, Stefanie Dolson added 15 and the Mystics beat the Liberty.

The Mystics (3-1) bounced back from a 64-61 loss to the Atlanta Dream on Friday and moved ahead of the Liberty (3-2) into a first-place tie with the Connecticut Sun atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Kara Lawson scored eight straight and Taylor Hill added a jumper to cap a 15-2 Mystics run for a 71-50 lead. Lawson finished with 13 points and Hill with 10.

Essence Carson and Carolyn Swords led the Liberty with 12 points each and Sugar Rodgers added 10.

New York also lost rookie forward Rebecca Allen for the remained of the season due to a right knee cartilage injury. Allen plans to return home to Australia in order to undergo surgery and complete her rehabilitation process. She hopes to return to the Liberty next season.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Skylar Diggins scored 21 points to lead the Shock over the Stars.

Jordan Hooper had 11 points off the bench, Karima Christmas had 10 points and Courtney Paris added 10 points and career-high 19 rebounds - including 11 on the offensive boards.

The Shock (3-1) were missing leading scorer Odyssey Sims, who injured her left knee in Tuesday’s rout of Seattle. Sims averages 17.3 points and 4.7 assists.

The Stars fell to 0-3, their worst start since going 0-5 to begin the 2005 season. Kayla McBride led the Stars with 17 points - all in the first half - and Danielle Robinson added 10 points and seven assists.

Tulsa led 34-31 at intermission, despite McBride’s effort. An 8-2 run midway through the fourth quarter - all on layups by Diggins and Paris - turned a four-point lead into a 10-point advantage for the Shock.

The game was delayed 30 minutes due to a leak in the arena roof.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Abby Bishop scored 13 of her career-high 18 points in the second half and the Storm rallied to beat the Sparks.

Bishop scored back-to-back baskets to put the Storm (2-2) up 53-50 with 4:18 left in the game - their first lead since the opening minutes.

The rookie and No. 1 draft pick Jewell Loyd added Seattle’s final six points to help them snap a two-game losing streak. She finished 4 of 10 from the field after entering the game averaging 5.0 points on 5-for-31 shooting.

Jantel Lavender led the Sparks (0-2) with 12 points and nine rebounds. Erin Phillips and Alana Beard each added 10 points.

The Sparks were again without Candace Parker, Kristi Toliver and Nneka Ogwumike who also missed the season-opening 86-61 loss at Seattle on June 6.

SKY 98, FEVER 72

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points - her lowest output of the season - with nine rebounds and the Sky dominated the Fever.

Delle Donne’s first 3-pointer put Chicago (2-2) up 9-2 and the Sky never trailed. She was 10 of 11 from the line. Cappie Pondexter scored 15 points, Courntey Vandersloot had 14 and Clarissa Dos Santos added 12. Betnijah Laney and Jamierra Faulkner had 11 and 10, respectively.

The Fever was paced by Marissa Coleman with 16 points. Natalie Achonwa had 12 and Maggie Lucas added 10 points. Indiana forward Tamika Catchings served a one-game suspension by the league for making contact with a game official in Friday’s win over Phoenix.

Indiana (1-4) trailed 53-21 at the half. The Fever was just 6 of 35 from the floor in the first half and 1 of 12 on 3-pointers. They went more than 10 minutes between the second and third quarters without scoring.

SUN 82, DREAM 64

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Kelsey Bone and Shekinna Stricklen both scored 18 points to lead the Sun over the Dream.

Stricklen came off the bench to hit 4 of 6 3-point attempts. Bone was 9 of 11 from the floor. Jasmine Thomas had 17 points and Alyssa Thomas added 10.

Angel McCoughtry paced the Dream with 24 points. Erika de Souza and Tiffany Hayes both added 10 points.

Connecticut (3-1) took over in the fourth quarter, using a 9-2 run to go up eight, then scored 13 straight - including consecutive 3-pointers by Stricklen - to build a 20-point lead.

The Dream (2-3) raced out to a 20-5 lead early, but the Sun used a 13-2 run - including Chelsea Gray’s 3-pointer - to trim the deficit to four at the end of the first quarter.

Connecticut then dominated much of the second quarter to run up an 11-point lead before Atlanta put together an eight-point run to trail by three, 39-36, at the half.

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