Lynx's Jefferson posts 1st triple-double in franchise history in win over Wings
Mystics make 15 3-pointers to hand 3rd consecutive loss to Dream
Moriah Jefferson had the first triple-double in franchise history with 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, leading the Minnesota Lynx to a 92-64 victory over the visiting Dallas Wings on Tuesday night.
Aerial Powers scored 13 of her 20 points in the first quarter for the Lynx, whose 26-point halftime lead was their largest in the last three seasons.
Jefferson, who was waived by Dallas in May, grabbed her 10th rebound with five seconds left and was surrounded by teammates after the buzzer, having become the 10th player in WNBA history with a triple-double. It was the 15th triple-double overall in the league, with four coming this season.
Natalie Achonwa of Guelph, Ont., had 13 rebounds, four points and two assists to help Minnesota. Fellow Canadian and teammate Bridget Carleton of Chatham, Ont., posted four points and two rebounds.
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The Lynx scored 33 points in the first quarter and led 50-24 at halftime after going 8 of 16 behind the arc, while Dallas was just 8 for 30 overall.
Damiris Dantas added 11 points and Sylvia Fowles had 10 for Minnesota (6-14), which has won three of its last four games. Fowles passed Cappie Pondexter for sixth in WNBA history with 2,447 made field goals.
Arike Ogunbowale scored 16 points for Dallas (9-11). Marina Mabrey missed her first seven shots and finished 1 of 11 for three points.
Long-range success gets Mystics past Dream
Natasha Cloud scored 18 points, Ariel Atkins added 15 and the Washington Mystics made 15 3-pointers in a 92-74 victory over the visiting Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night.
Washington was 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half to help build a 52-32 lead. Atkins and Cloud each made three 3-pointers in the first half, while Atlanta was just 3 of 11.
15 THREES FOR THE <a href="https://twitter.com/WashMystics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WashMystics</a> 😲 <a href="https://t.co/oWOsZwF84V">pic.twitter.com/oWOsZwF84V</a>—@WNBA
Cloud, who did not play in the fourth quarter, finished 4 of 5 from distance. Atkins was 4 of 6 as Washington shot 60% (15 of 25).
AD Durr scored 13 points and rookie Naz Hillmon added a season-high 11 for Atlanta (8-11).
Rookie Rhyne Howard, who was selected as a reserve for the WNBA All-Star Game, was held to five points on 2-of-14 shooting.
With files from CBC Sports