Roundup: Mercury blown out by Wings 101-72
ARLINGTON, Texas — Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 20 points and the Wings won their fourth straight with a 101-72 victory over the Mercury.
Aerial Powers added a season high 18 points, Azura Stevens scored 15 and Liz Cambage chipped in 13 for the Wings (11-8).
Dallas never trailed after the opening minutes and had its largest lead at 95-66 which they matched at the final score.
The Wings pulled away with an 11-2 run near the end of the first quarter and scored 10 straight points to end the third quarter with an 80-54 lead.
The Mercury (14-7) committed 13 of its 22 turnovers in the first half and trailed 59-39 at halftime. Brittney Griner scored 21 and DeWanna Bonner added 20.
Diana Taurasi left the game due to illness in the first quarter and did not return. Phoenix has dropped the first two of a four-game road trip.
SPARKS 77, STORM 75
SEATTLE — Alana Beard scored five of her 11 points in overtime including a 3-pointer that put Los Angeles ahead for good in a victory to end Seattle’s five-game win streak Tuesday.
Candace Parker led the Sparks (13-8) with 21 points. She added 10 assists and was a rebound shy of a triple-double with nine boards.
Beard’s shot from behind the arc came with 3:23 left in overtime and put Los Angeles ahead 71-70. After Breanna Stewart missed a pair of shots, Beard came back with a jumper to extend the Sparks’ lead.
The Storm (15-6), who lead the WNBA’s Western Conference, could not respond.
Parker’s turnaround hook gave the Sparks a 77-72 lead with 1:05 to play. Natasha Howard cut into the margin with a three-point play, but Seattle came no closer
Sue Bird, Howard and Stewart all missed chances to tie the game in the final seven seconds.
Howard finished with 18 points for Seattle while Stewart had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
ACES 98, SKY 74
CHICAGO — Kayla McBride scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half to help the Aces take the season series against the Sky.
The Aces (9-12) outscored the Sky 32-15 in the second quarter and closed the third with an 18-2 run to make it 76-50. The Sky (7-13) got the deficit no closer than 17 in the fourth.
Las Vegas won its third in a row including an 84-80 win at home against Chicago on Thursday night.
The Sky beat the Aces 95-90 on June 3.
McBride was 3 of 4 from 3-point range and the Aces were 6 of 12.
Tamera Young added 16 points, Kelsey Plum scored 14 points and A’ja Wilson added 12.