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WNBA: Aerial Powers explodes for a career-high in Lynx OT win

Aerial Powers had career highs of 35 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 118-107 in two overtimes on Tuesday night. Kayla McBride was nine of nine from the free throw line and finished with 17 points for Minnesota (9-15).

Rachel Banham had season highs of 25 points and seven assists for the winning side. Powers muscled her way into the lane for a layup, and Banham made a free throw to give the Lynx an 89-86 lead.

Mercury’s Sophie Cunningham hit a second-chance three with 4.0 seconds left to force overtime. Cunningham scored 36 points, hit six three-pointers and had five steals — all career highs — for Phoenix (10-15).

McBride made two free throws to give the Lynx a 103-101 lead with 2.1 seconds left in the first overtime. After a timeout, Skylar Diggins-Smith made a driving layup to force a second OT. Diggins-Smith finished with a season-high 32 points and 10 assists.

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Powers made a layup and Banham hit her sixth three-pointer to make it 108-103 with 3:37 to play as the Lynx finally pulled away. Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Jessica Shepard added 13 points, 12 rebounds and two steals for the Lynx.

Elena Delle Donne tied her season high with 26 points and Natasha Cloud added a season-best 21 points and nine assists to lead the Washington Mystics to a 94-81 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 12 points and Ariel Atkins added 10 for Washington (15-10). Samuelson and Brittney Sykes led Los Angeles (10-13) with 16 points apiece. Kristi Tolliver scored 12 points and Chiney Ogwumike finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Sparks played without Nneka Ogwumike, who was out with a non-COVID illness.

Candace Parker had 31 points and 11 rebounds and the Chicago Sky pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Atlanta Dream 90-75. Kahleah Copper scored 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting for the Sky.

Emma Meesseman added 10 points, six rebounds and a season-high eight assists for Chicago (17-6). Aari McDonald hit a three-pointer that gave the Sky a 70-65 and Atlanta remained scoreless for the next five minutes as the Chicago never trailed.

Meesseman either scored or assisted on 18 of Chicago’s 30 fourth-quarter points and the Sky have won seven of their last eight games. Cheyenne Parker led Atlanta (10-13) with 14 points, while McDonald and Tiffany Hayes scored 12 apiece and Nia Coffey added 11.

Kelsey Plum scored 27 points to help the Las Vegas Aces beat the New York Liberty 107-101. Plum, the MVP of the all-star game, and the Aces (16-7) jumped all over New York and led by 14 after one and 52-28 at the half.

Liberty’s Sami Whitcomb hit five three pointers in the third quarter and pushed his team to cut the lead to 71-63 for New York (9-14). A’ja Wilson finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side.

Sabrina Ionescu finished with 27 points and Howard added 20 for New York, which was 15 for 31 from behind the arc. The Aces finished 34 for 35 from the foul line as they held for the win by going 10-of-10 from the free-throw line in the last quarter of the game.

Breanna Stewart scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half to help the Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 83-74 Tuesday evening. Seattle (16-8) has won three games in a row and five of its last six being second in the WNBA alongside Las Vegas.
Ezi Magbegor had an all-around performance with 13 points eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals for Seattle, while Stephanie Talbot added 14 points, Jewell Loyd scored 13 and Tina Charles had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Teaira McCowan led Dallas with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. Allisha Gray did not play (personal reasons) for Dallas (10-14). The Wings have lost four of their last five games.

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