July 24, 2021

WNBA: Hartley hits career-high in Mercury win

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Bria Hartley scored a career-high 27 points as the Phoenix Mercury beat the New York Liberty 96-67 on Sunday.

Sunday night’s WNBA scores

  • Phoenix Mercury 96-67 New York Liberty
  • Atlanta Dream 77-93 Indiana Fever
  • Dallas Wings 70-79 Las Vegas Aces

Phoenix Mercury 96-67 New York Liberty

Skylar Diggins-Smith #4 of the Phoenix Mercury looks to pass the ball around Leaonna Odom #0 of the New York Liberty during the first half of a game at Feld Entertainment Center on August 02, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida. 1:42
Highlights of the Phoenix Mercury’s game against the New York Liberty in the WNBA

Bria Hartley scored a career-high 27 points as the Phoenix Mercury beat the New York Liberty 96-67 on Sunday.

Hartley, who signed with the Mercury as a free agent after spending the last three seasons with the Liberty, made 10 of her 18 shots. Diana Taurasi had 18 points, nine assists, three steals and two blocks and Brittney Griner added 16 points for Phoenix (2-2).

New York point guard Sabrina Ionescu, the No 1 pick in April’s draft, did not play due to an ankle injury suffered in Friday’s loss to the Atlanta Dream and is expected to miss a month.

Kia Nurse, who missed Friday’s game due to an ankle injury of her own, led the Liberty with 16 points but made just 3-of-17 from the field. Layshia Clarendon added 12 points and Amanda Zahui B scored 11.

Phoenix, who never trailed, led by as many as 16 in the first half and took a 41-27 lead into half-time. The Liberty used an 18-3 run to trim their deficit to 55-53 when Zahui B hit a three-pointer with two minutes left in the third quarter, but the Mercury scored 17 of the next 19 points to pull away for good.

New York, who are 0-4 for the second consecutive season, shot just 24.7 per cent (18-of-73) from the field, including 5-of-35 (14.3 per cent) from three-point range.

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Atlanta Dream 77-93 Indiana Fever

Betnijah Laney #44 of the Atlanta Dream handles the ball against the Indiana Fever on August 2, 2020 at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. 2:24
Highlights of the Atlanta Dream’s game against the Indiana Fever in the WNBA

Kelsey Mitchell was 4-of-5 from three-point range and finished with 23 points while Candice Dupree added 21 as the Indiana Fever erased an early double-digit deficit to beat the Atlanta Dream 93-77.

Teaira McCowan had 12 points and rookie Julie Allemand added 10 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Indiana (2-2).

Courtney Williams scored a season-high 18 points for Atlanta (2-2), Elizabeth Williams and Chennedy Carter each added 15 – on combined 14-of-21 shooting – and Betnijah Laney had 13 points, six rebounds and matched her career high with four steals.

The Dream jumped to a 10-0 lead but Indiana answered with a 13-0 run and never again trailed. The Fever scored the last five first-quarter points and opened the second with an 11-2, making it 41-25 on Tiffany Mitchell’s three-point play with 5:25 left.

Elizabeth Williams made an And 1 free throw to trim Atlanta’s deficit to seven with 3:36 to play, but Indiana responded with a 10-2 spurt, capped by Kelsey Mitchell’s three-pointer with 45.8 seconds left.

Dallas Wings 70-79 Las Vegas Aces

Kayla McBride #21 of the Las Vegas Aces handles the ball during the game against the Dallas Wings on August 2, 2020 at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. 1:23
Highlights of the Dallas Wings’ game against the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA

A’ja Wilson scored 19 points to lead five Las Vegas players in double figures as the Aces beat the Dallas Wings 79-70.

Kayla McBride and Lindsay Allen had 11 points apiece and Jackie Young and Dearica Hamby each added 10 for Las Vegas (2-2).

Arike Ogunbowale led Dallas (2-2) with 20 points and Satou Sabally scored 10.

The Aces, who have won four in a row against the Wings, opened the game with a 9-0 run, took a 15-2 when McBride made a jumper with 5:46 left in the first quarter and never trailed.

Kayla Thornton hit a three-pointer to cap a 14-4 spurt that trimmed Dallas’ deficit to 44-40 early in the third quarter but Las Vegas scored 18 of the next 26 points to its lead into double figures until the closing seconds of the game.

The Wings made just 28-of-76 (36.8 per cent) from the field and shot a meagre 13.3 per cent (4-of-30) from three-point range.

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