WNBA: Sky make historic comeback vs Aces; Sparks, Ogwumike down Mystics

Courtney Vandersloot scored 25 points and the Chicago Sky completed the biggest comeback in the WNBA history to rally back from a 28-point deficit and beat 104-95 the Las Vegas Aces Tuesday night.

The Sky went on an 18-0 run in the third quarter to take its first lead, 67-66, since it was 4-2. Candace Parker added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Azura Stevens and Emma Meesseman each scored 17 points for the Sky (11-5).

The previous record was a 25-point comeback most recently done in 2013 again by the Chicago Sky. Jackie Young scored 23 points and Kelsey Plum had 22 points and eight assists for Las Vegas (13-3).

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Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Washington Mystics 82-84 on Tuesday night for interim coach Fred Williams’ first victory. Los Angeles led 77-61 before Washington’s Natasha Cloud and Ariel Atkins mount a comeback.

Ogwumike was fouled to put ahead the Sparks with 10.2 second remaining, as the Stanford product gave a three-point advantage (84-81) to the home side. After a timeout, Cloud was fouled on a three-point attempt with 2.5 left but missed the second of three free throws.

Cloud also missed the third intentionally, but the Sparks (6-9) secured the rebound and the victory to snap a three-game losing streak. Atkins scored 22 points and Myisha Hines-Allen had 17 points and eight rebounds for Washington (11-8).

Kayla McBride scored 18 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 84-71 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak in Phoenix. Moriah Jefferson also had 12 points and nine assists for the winning side.

Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 25 points for Phoenix (7-10). Diana Taurasi added 15 points and Shey Peddy had 12. Tina Charles grabbed seven rebounds to eclipse 3,500 in her career.

Maya Caldwell scored 18 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the Dallas Wings 75-80 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak at home. Rookie sensation Rhyne Howard added 16 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta.

Parker made a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to extend Atlanta’s lead to 51-40 after closing on a 10-2 run over the final three minutes. Howard scored 15 points in the first half and Caldwell had 10.

Allisha Gray led Dallas (8-9) with 18 points. Arike Ogunbowale and Teaira McCowan each scored 14. Aari McDonald drove the lane and sank a floater to give Atlanta a 77-72 lead. Marina Mabrey made a long three-pointer with 29.8 seconds left to pull Dallas within 79-75.

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