Basketball·WNBA Roundup

Ionescu's 2nd double-double of season leads Liberty to win over Sky

Betnijah Laney scored 20 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points and 12 assists and the New York Liberty overcame 22 turnovers to beat the Chicago Sky 93-85 on Sunday.

Jessica Breland's double-double lifts Fever to 89-77 win over Mystics

New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu finished with 19 points and 12 assists leading her team to a 93-85 victory over the Chicago Sky Sunday. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images/File)

Betnijah Laney scored 20 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points and 12 assists and the New York Liberty overcame 22 turnovers to beat the Chicago Sky 93-85 on Sunday.

Ionescu made 7 of 13 from the field and hit five of New York's franchise record-tying 14 3-pointers. Rebecca Allen scored 13 points, Natasha Howard had 12, Sami Whitcomb added 11 and Michaela Onyenwere 10 for the Liberty (4-1).

Allen and Jazmine Jones hit back-to-back 3s to close the third quarter with a four-point lead and the Sky (1-2) trailed the rest of the way.

Diamond DeShields led Chicago with 22 points, Ruthy Hebard scored 15 and grabbed 10 rebounds and Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points, 16 assists and four steals. Astou Ndour-Fall added 17 points.

The Liberty, who shot a WNBA-low 27.7 per cent from behind the arc last season, are shooting 44.4 per cent from 3-point range and their league-leading 59 made 3s this season are 21 more than any other team.

Allie Quigley (hamstring) and Candace Parker (ankle) did not play for the Sky.

McCowan, Breland help Fever beat Mystics for 1st win

Teaira McCowan scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jessica Breland added 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and the Indiana Fever pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Washington Mystics 89-77 on Sunday.

Breland was 8-of-12 shooting and McCowan made 7 of 13 from the field for Indiana (1-4), which shot 51.6 from behind the arc. Kelsey Mitchell added 18 points and Danielle Robinson scored 13 points and had six assists for the Fever.

Tina Charles hit a 3-pointer to give Washington (1-3) a 45-44 lead early in the third quarter but the Fever scored seven consecutive points, and 25 of the next 32, to take the lead for good. Indiana outscored the Mystics 27-13 in the period and led by at least eight points the rest of the way.

Charles led Washington with 31 points and Ariel Atkins scored 16.

Elena Delle Donne (back) did not play for the Mystics.

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Sun hold off rally beat Aces

DeWanna Bonner scored 22 points, hitting a 3-pointer in the final minute to help the Connecticut Sun hold off the Las Vegas Aces 72-65 on Sunday.

The Sun (5-0) matched their best start since 2018 and stayed alone atop the WNBA standings.

Connecticut led 67-58 on Brionna Jones' jumper with 2:02 left. Riquna Williams made a 3-pointer that sparked a 7-0 run for the Aces (2-2), cutting the deficit to 67-65 on A'ja Wilson's transition layup with 48.6 seconds left.

But Bonner made a 3-pointer 10 seconds later and sealed it with a pair of free throws with 22.3 seconds to go.

Brionna Jones and Jonquel Jones added 19 points each for the Sun. Jonquel Jones grabbed 11 rebounds and the Sun had a 44-26 edge on the glass.

Wilson had 14 points for Las Vegas. Chelsea Gray added 13 points, Dearica Hamby scored 12 and Liz Cambage 10.

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