- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Plenette Pierson scored 20 points and Riquna Williams added 16 to lead the Tulsa Shock past San Antonio 88-61 on Tuesday.

Skylar Diggins finished with 13 points for the Shock (4-1), off to their best start in franchise history with a record four-game winning streak.

The Shock shot 51 percent two days after an 11-point win in San Antonio. Pierson went 9 for 13 from the field, and Courtney Paris had 13 rebounds.

Williams and Pierson, who combined for 23 points in the first half, had all the points in Tulsa’s closing 9-2 run that produced a 45-29 lead at the break.

San Antonio (0-4), off to its worst start since going 0-5 in 2005, was led by Jia Perkins and Sophia Young-Malcolm with 20 points each.



SUN 79, STORM 58

SEATTLE (AP) - Chelsea Gray scored 16 points and Connecticut beat the Storm for the Sun’s fourth straight victory.

Camille Little and Alex Bentley each added 12 points and Alyssa Thomas 11.

Gray was 6 of 9 from the field and made all four of her 3-pointers. The Sun (4-1) hit seven of their 14 3-point attempts.

Little and Shekinna Stricklen played their former team for the first time since being traded for Renee Montgomery and two 2015 draft picks.

Crystal Langhorne scored 13 points for the Storm (2-3), who shot only 39.6 percent, hitting only 2 of 11 3-pointers. Alysha Clark added 11.

The Sun took their first lead in the second quarter with a 9-0 run, including five points from Gray. Connecticut used a 10-2 run to lead 41-30 at halftime and led thereafter.

FEVER 90, DREAM 79

ATLANTA (AP) - Marissa Coleman scored 18 points and Maggie Lucas had 17 to lead Indiana to a win over Atlanta.

Natalie Achonwa added 12 points and veteran Tamika Catchings had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Fever (2-4). Achonwa finished 5 of 6 from the field.

Indiana shot 50 percent, including 9 of 19 from 3-point range.

Sancho Lyttle had 19 points and Angel McCoughtry added 15 for the Dream (2-4). Atlanta is playing without two players because of overseas commitments with international teams. That includes Tiffany Hayes, who averages 12.3 points.

Coleman and Lucas combined for 21 points in a second quarter, and the Fever led 49-35 at halftime.

Atlanta rallied within 10 points in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.

LYNX 67, SPARKS 52

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Maya Moore scored 22 points and Seimone Augustus added 20 to lead the Lynx to a victory over the Sparks.

The Lynx (4-1) came into the game with four players averaging double figures but Moore and Augustus carried the scoring load on this night, taking over half of the shots for Minnesota, which made 52.6 overall.

Trailing 28-23 at halftime, the Lynx blew the game open by outscoring the Sparks 23-9 in the third quarter.

The Sparks (0-3), off to their worst start in four years, shot only 39.3 percent, including 3 of 18 3-pointers. Jantel Lavender had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles with Marianna Tolo adding 10 points. Leading scorer Alana Beard was out with a left-foot injury. The Sparks were already missing three players - Candace Parker, Kristi Toliver and Nneka Ogwemike - who averaged double figures last season.

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