September 23, 2021

WNBA: Storm, Aces clinch playoff spots

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League leaders the Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces clinched their respective playoff places with victories on Saturday night.

Saturday night’s WNBA scores

  • Seattle Storm 88-74 Chicago Sky
  • New York Liberty 63-80 Las Vegas Aces
  • Dallas Wings 82-78 Indiana Fever

Seattle Storm 88-74 Chicago Sky

Highlights of the WNBA regular season game between the Seattle Storm and the Chicago Sky from Florida. 1:37
Highlights of the WNBA regular season game between the Seattle Storm and the Chicago Sky from Florida

Breanna Stewart had 21 points and eight rebounds and Natasha Howard added 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Seattle Storm beat the short-handed Chicago Sky 88-74 on Saturday to clinch a playoff spot and stay atop the WNBA standings.

Stewart beat the half-time buzzer with a baseline jumper to give Seattle a 49-34 lead. The Storm opened the second half on a 9-2 run for a 58-36 advantage and led by at least 14 points the rest of the way.

Jewell Loyd added 12 points for Seattle (13-3), which became the second team to clinch a playoff spot. Alysha Clark and Ezi Magbegor each scored 11 points.

Kahleah Copper scored 19 points and Allie Quigley added 11 for Chicago (10-6), which only had eight players. Courtney Vandersloot had nine points and nine assists.

Chicago were without Diamond DeShields and Azura Stevens after both players left the WNBA bubble. Stevens, averaging 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds, is out for the season with left knee injury and DeShields left for personal reasons.

New York Liberty 63-80 Las Vegas Aces

Highlights of the WNBA regular season game between the New York Liberty and the Las Vegas Aces from Florida. 1:44
Highlights of the WNBA regular season game between the New York Liberty and the Las Vegas Aces from Florida

A’ja Wilson had 20 points, seven rebounds and five blocks while Dearica Hamby added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Las Vegas Aces beat the New York Liberty 80-63 to clinch a playoff spot.

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It was tied at 56 at the end of the third quarter before Las Vegas opened the fourth on a 13-0 run. Another 8-0 spurt made it 77-58, and the Aces cruised by outscoring the Liberty 24-7 in the frame.

Sugar Rodgers scored 12 points for Las Vegas (12-3), which has won four straight. Kayla McBride and Angel McCoughtry each had 10 points.

Amanda Zahui B grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds to set a single-game record for New York, passing Tina Charles 19 in 2017. The WNBA record is 24, set by Chamique Holdsclaw in 2003.

Paris Kea scored a career-high 14 points to pace New York (2-13). Kiah Stokes had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Dallas Wings 82-78 Indiana Fever

Highlights of the WNBA regular season game between the Dallas Wings and the Indiana Fever from Florida. 1:51
Highlights of the WNBA regular season game between the Dallas Wings and the Indiana Fever from Florida

Arike Ogunbowale made 5-of-7 from three-point range and finished with 28 points and Satou Sabally added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Dallas Wings’ 82-78 win over the Indiana Fever.

Ogunbowale, who went into the game leading the WNBA in scoring at 21.5 points per game, has scored 20-plus in seven consecutive games. Allisha Gray added 13 points and Marina Mabrey scored 10 for Dallas (6-10).

Candice Dupree hit a jumper to give Indiana (5-10) – who trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half – a 64-60 lead with eight minutes to play, but Ogunbowale scored 11 points from there. After Dupree made two free throws to make it 72-all with 3:56 remaining, Sabally converted a three-point play.

After Kelsey Mitchell missed a three-pointer on the other end, made two foul shots to give the Wings a five-point lead. Mitchell had 19 points to lead six Indiana players scoring in double figures.

Dupree made a jumper with 5:59 left in the game to give the Fever their final lead at 68-67. Indiana then went 0-for-5 from the field with three turnovers before Mitchell’s three-pointer with 3.9 seconds to go.

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