Alyssa Thomas had the first triple-double in franchise history and the Connecticut Sun beat host Minnesota Lynx 94-84 Friday night. Thomas made 7 of 13 from the field and finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists for the Sun.
This was the 17th triple-double in the WNBA history. DeWanna Bonner scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Courtney Williams scored 15 points for the Connecticut Sun (18-9) with Brionna Jones and Brian Hartley adding 11 each.
Aerial Powers led the Lynx (10-18) with 14 points and Rachel Banham added 11. Sylvia Fowles, Kayla McBride and Nikolina Milic scored 12 points apiece.
Skylar Diggins-Smith scored a career-high 35 points and the Phoenix Mercury used a dominant fourth quarter to beat the visiting Seattle Storm 94-78. Diana Taurasi i hit 6 of 10 from 3-point range and finished with 28 points for the Mercury.
The Mercury made a season-high 14 3s. Sophie Cunningham hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Phoenix. The Mercury were down 65-60 at the end of the third quarter, but start the final period with a 17-0 run to run away with the game.
The game was 46th, and potentially the last, meeting between Taurasi and Seattle’s Sue Bird, the WNBA’s all-time leaders in points and assists, respectively and gave Taurasi 500 career games, second-most in league history — behind Bird.
Breanna Stewart lead Seattle (17-10) with 22 points and 14 rebounds but did most of her damage in the first half. Jewell Loyd added 15 points and Tina Charles added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Kahleah Copper scored 19 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Dallas Wings 89-83 Friday night. Candace Parker had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for Chicago (21-6), while Julie Allemand had 11 of her season-high 13 in the fourth quarter.
Arike Ogunbowale made a 3-pointer to give Dallas an 80-79 lead with 4 minutes to go. Allemand hit a 3-pointer and then made a layup — both assisted by Meesseman — to give the Sky the lead for good with 3:01 remaining.
Ogunbowale hit another 3 to pull the Wings to 84-83 but Parker scored inside and Allemand made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line to seal the deal. Ogunbowale finished with 28 points and Isabelle Harrison scored 18 for Dallas (11-15).