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WNBA: Kahlean Copper scores 37; leads Mercury to victory over Aces

Kahleah Copper scored 37 points and the Phoenix Mercury came at the top to force the two-time defending WNBA champions Las Vegas Aces their first defeat (98-88). Copper followed her career-high 38 points in her last game with another majectic scoring performance.

She had 14 points in the fourth quarter to put the Aces away on Tuesday night. Mercury scored the last eight points as the Aces returned after going down 15 mid-way the fourth quarter.

Sug Sutton added 12 points and Natasha Cloud 11 for the Mercury (2-1). Plum had 27 points for the Aces (2-1), Jackie Young added 23 and A’ja Wilson had 21 with 13 rebounds.

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Allisha Gray scored 21 points, Atlanta had five players in double-digits, and the Dream (2-1) prevailed 83-78 over the Dallas Wings. Atlanta was down eight in the half-time, but rallied to take a 69-64 lead in the third quarter.

Down the line, the Wings (1-2) cut the deficit down to 81-78 but the Dream kept its composure to win the game and earn their second win of the season. That was Atlanta’s home opener for this WNBA season.

LA gets first win in WNBA season thanks to rookie Cameron Brinks

Lexie Brown scored 20 points, Cameron Brinks had a couple of big defensive plays down the stretch and the LA Sparks survived a gritty battle beating the Washington Mystics 70-68. The Sparks (1-2) had the lead, 66-67, with 24.7 remaining on the clock, but Washington had the possession for a final shot. However, the Mystics never got the chance to get a shot off.

Stefanie Dolson sparked a Los Angeles run in the fourth quarter after hitting a three to make it 58-55. They took a 65-58 advantage as Mystics made their first field goal after more than six minutes had passed in the 4th quarter.

In the final sequence, Shakira Austin was unable to get a shot off as the Washington Mystics remained without a win in the WNBA season after four games.

 

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