- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Seimone Augustus scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 83-65 on Wednesday to wrap up a spot in the WNBA playoffs.

Minnesota (20-4) won its fifth straight and reached 20 victories for the sixth straight season, tying the Los Angeles Sparks (1999-2004) for the longest streak in WNBA history. The Lynx are the second team to clinch a playoff berth after Los Angeles (20-3) qualified Tuesday in a loss.

Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and five blocked shots, and Rebekkah Brunson added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Lynx. Layshia Clarendon led Atlanta (12-12) with 11 points.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Reserve Rebecca Allen hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points - both career highs - and New York’s backup scored WNBA-record 69 points in the victory over Washington.

Brittany Boyd had 17 points and seven assists, Amanda Zahui B. added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Shavonte Zellous had 14 points for the Liberty (18-7). New York’s starters scored just 19 points - including 13 by Tina Charles - to tie the WNBA record for fewest by starters in a victory.

The Mystics’ backups had 63 points in a triple-overtime win against over Los Angeles in 2014.

Emma Meesseman led the Mystics (9-14) with 20 points.

SUN 89, WINGS 78

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Chiney Ogwumike had career bests with 26 points, four steals and seven blocked shots and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in Connecticut’s victory over Dallas.

Ogwumike was 9 of 15 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line.

Jasmine Thomas had 20 points and three blocked shots - both season highs - for Connecticut (7-16).

Odyssey Sims led Dallas (9-15) with 20 points and eight assists, and Courtney Paris added 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Wings have lost five in a row and six of seven.


SEATTLE (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 25 points and Beanna Stewart added 22 points and five blocked shots in Seattle’s victory over San Antonio.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 10 points, Crystal Langhorne grabbed 10 rebounds and Sue Bird had eight assists for Seattle (9-14).

Moriah Jefferson led San Antonio (5-18) with 25 points. The Stars have lost five straight.

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