- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Sugar Rodgers made five 3-pointers and tied a career high with 23 points to help the New York Liberty beat the Atlanta Dream 80-75 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Matee Ajavon made a layup with 24 seconds remaining to get Atlanta within one. But Tanisha Wright answered with two free throws and, after Shoni Schimmel’s missed 3-pointer, made two more with one second left.

The Liberty’s Epiphanny Prince hit a 3-pointer with 2:34 left in regulation to tie it at 67, and neither team scored again in the fourth.

Tina Charles added 17 points for New York (21-8), which is one win shy of matching the franchise record set in 2010.

Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta (12-18) with 25 points after not starting for a second straight game.

FEVER 81, SUN 51

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tamika Catchings had 13 points, and the Fever beat the Sun to reach the playoffs for a WNBA-record 11th straight season.

Indiana snapped a three-game losing streak and swept the four-game season series with Connecticut.

Maggie Lucas and Natalie Achonwa each scored 11 for Indiana (18-12). The Fever went 15 for 15 at the line and outrebounded the Sun 39-26.

Connecticut did not reach double-digit scoring until the 5:28 mark of the second quarter. The Sun scored seven points in the first quarter and eight in the second to trail 41-15 at the break.

Kelsey Bone led Connecticut (13-18) with 17 points. The Sun set a franchise record for fewest points in a half at 15.


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