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WNBA: Hayes, Howard lead Dream to comfortable victory over Aces

Tiffany Hayes had a season-high 31 points, Rhyne Howard scored 24 and the Atlanta Dream cruised past the Las Vegas Aces 92-76. Hayes and Howard each scored 11 in the first quarter to help the Dream (12-14) start out with a commanding 35-18 lead.

Howard made 5 of 6 from three-point range in the first half, scoring 19 to lead the Dream to a 52-36 advantage. A’ja Wilson helped the Aces close the gap in the third quarter scoring 8 of her 22 points to get Las Vegas within 52-58.

Hayes opened the fourth with two three-pointers and a three-point play to push the lead to 79-56, and the Dream cruised to the finish. Jackie Young had 18 points and Kelsey Plum scored 17 for the Aces. Wilson added 10 rebounds for a double-double.

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Nneka Ogwumike scored a season-high 35 points and the Los Angeles Sparks create a separation in the second half to beat Indiana 86-79 and extend the Fever’s losing streak to 10 games. Fever remains at the bottom of the WNBA standings.

Ogwumike made 12 of 20 shots with two three-pointers for Los Angeles (11-14). Ogwumike had 21 points in the first half to help the Sparks take a 42-40 lead into intermission.

Tiffany Mitchell came off the bench to score 16 of her 22 points in the first half for Indiana (5-23). Nalyssa Smith had 14 points, while Kelsey Mitchell added 12 points and five assists. Victoria Vivians scored 11 points for the losing side.

Brionna Jones tied a season-high with 21 points and the short-handed Connecticut Sun beat the New York Liberty 82-63 on Tuesday. Connecticut (17-9) was without Jonquel Jones due to health and safety protocols.

Alyssa Thomas added 18 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and a season-high six steals for the Sun. Dijonai Carrington scored a career-high 18 points, in just 18 minutes, and Natisha Hiedeman added 10 points for Connecticut.

Connecticut pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 27-5 run for an 80-57 lead. The Liberty scored just 13 points in the final 10 minutes. Sabrina Ionescu scored 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting and Stefanie Dolson added 12 points for New York (9-16).

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