Lynx top Sky behind Crystal Dangerfield's clutch performance
Phoenix hands Atlanta its 8th loss in a row behind Diggins-Smith's big game
Layshia Claredon scored 18 points, Crystal Dangerfield had nine of her 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 101-95 on Saturday night.
Kayla McBride also scored 16 points, Sylvia Fowles added 15 points and three blocks, Napheesa Collier scored 14 points and Aerial Powers had 10 for Minnesota (14-9).
The Lynx took their biggest lead at 47-34 when Fowles made a layup with 2:17 left in the second quarter. Courtney Vandersloot scored nine point during a 10-1 run to close the first half and trim the Sky's deficit to four and Kahleah Copper made a layup to cap a 9-1 spurt and make it 63-62 — Chicago's first lead since midway through the first quarter — with about three minutes left in the third. McBride answered with a jumper on the other end and Minnesota led the rest of the way.
Vandersloot and Allie Quigley scored 27 points apiece for Chicago (11-12). They combined to shoot 20 of 30 from the field, 7 of 10 from 3-point range and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line.
the 4th Quarter is CD's time 😈 <a href="https://t.co/FW3TSDccG3">pic.twitter.com/FW3TSDccG3</a>—@minnesotalynx
Chicago's Candace Parker sat out after reaggravating a left ankle injury.
Chatham, Ont., native Bridget Carleton posted four points and one assist in 11 minutes of play, while Guelph, Ont., native Natalie Achonwa picked up four rebounds and one assist for the Lynx.
Diggins-Smith leads Phoenix past Atlanta for 4th consecutive victory
Skylar Diggins-Smith had 25 points and seven assists, Diana Taurasi added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Atlanta Dream 84-69 on Saturday for their fourth straight win.
Phoenix (13-10) led 60-57 entering the fourth quarter and closed it out behind Diggins-Smith, who had 11 points in the period as the Mercury outscored the Dream 24-12 in handing them their eighth straight loss.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/SkyDigg4?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SkyDigg4</a> is a walking bucket 🔥<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CountIt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CountIt</a> <a href="https://t.co/fmm4nAPKi0">pic.twitter.com/fmm4nAPKi0</a>—@WNBA
A driving layup and a pair of free throws by Diggins-Smith boosted the margin to 68-59, and her 3-pointer midway through the period gave Phoenix a 73-61 lead.
Odyssey Sims led Atlanta with 16 points. Monique Billings had 15, and Aari McDonald and Crystal Bradford each had 13.
With files from CBC Sports