- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Jewell Loyd banked in a 12-footer with 2.9 seconds remaining for the last of her career-high 30 points in the Seattle Storm’s 81-80 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.

After Phoenix missed a pair of shots, Seattle got the ball back with 12 seconds left. Loyd got the ball on the right wing, almost lost it as she started to dribble toward the basket, then regained control and hit a fadeaway jumper for just the second lead for the Storm.

Diana Taurasi’s long, contested 3-pointer at the buzzer wasn’t close.

Seattle (1-1) won despite two turnovers and giving up two offensive rebounds in the last 90 seconds. Jewell’s 15-footer with 40 seconds left, after Taurasi missed two long 3-point attempts, made it 80-79. Then Taurasi missed another 3 and Candice Dupree couldn’t connect in the lane.

Sue Bird added 17 points for Seattle, and rookie Breanna Stewart, the overall No. 1 draft pick, had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Taurasi had 23 points with six 3-pointers, and Brittney Griner added 19 points for Phoenix (0-3).


WASHINGTON (AP) - Kristi Toliver scored 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Los Angeles routed Washington.

Toliver was 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Jantel Lavender added 12 points, Nneka Ogwumike and Alana Beard had 10 apiece and Candance Parker had eight points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Sparks (2-0).

The Mystics (0-3) made just 4 of 17 shots in the first quarter to fall behind 20-10. Toliver made two 3s in the second period as the Sparks pushed the lead to 12.

Emma Meesseman had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Washington.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tamika Catchings scored 14 points and Indiana held off Atlanta.

Indiana was up by 15 after Catchings’ free throw with just under 8 minutes to play when Reshanda Gray led an Atlanta comeback. Gray scored the last seven points in a 9-0 run and then had consecutive baskets as the Dream closed to 88-83 with 2:23 remaining. It was still five after Layshia Clarendon’s putback with 49 seconds left, but Lynetta Kizer and Tiffany Mitchell each made two free throws to seal it.

Marissa Coleman, Shenise Johnson, Devereaux Peters, Kizer and Mitchell each had 12 points for Indiana (2-1). Clarendon and Tiffany Hayes had 19 points apiece for Atlanta (1-1), and Angel McCoughtry added 15.

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