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Liberty snap 7-game skid thanks to Clarendon's late free throws against Sky

Layshia Clarendon drove the lane and was fouled with 0.3 seconds left and made both free throws as New York beat the Chicago Sky 101-99 on Tuesday night for the Liberty's second win of the season.

Canadian Kia Nurse makes just 1 basket in long-awaited New York victory

New York forward Kylee Shook, second from right, is congratulated by teammates Jazmine Jones, left, Jocelyn Willoughby, second from left, Paris Kea, third from left, and center Amanda Zahui B., right, after a second-half basket during the Liberty's 101-99 win against the Chicago Sky on Tuesday. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/The Associated Press)

Layshia Clarendon drove the lane and was fouled with 0.3 seconds left and made both free throws as New York beat the Chicago Sky 101-99 on Tuesday night for the Liberty's second win of the season.

New York (2-12) had lost seven straight games, with its last victory coming on August 7 against the defending champion Washington Mystics. The Liberty have been without No. 1 pick Sabrina Ionescu, who New York announced would not require surgery on her sprained ankle.

Amanda Zahui B led New York with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Clarendon finished with 17 points and five assists, and Kiah Stokes and Jocelyn Willoughby each scored 14 points for the Liberty, who hit 14 of 30 3-pointers.

Allie Quigley scored 29 points on 9-of-22 shooting for Chicago (10-5), which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Kahleah Copper and Courtney Vandersloot each scored 15 points, and Vandersloot had nine assists.

Quigley tied her career-high in points with a 3-pointer to pull Chicago within 97-94 with 1:36 remaining. Stefanie Dolson tied it at 99 with 20 seconds left on another 3-pointer. The Sky finished 10 of 25 from distance.

Canada's Kia Nurse, of Hamilton, Ont., contributed five points and four assists and 1-of-7 shooting for the Liberty.

WATCH | Ionescu injures ankle:

Liberty star rookie Sabrina Ionescu injures ankle in loss to Dream

2 years ago
Duration 1:35
First-overall draft pick Sabrina Ionescu had to be carried off the court after injuring her ankle in the New York Liberty's 84-78 loss to the Atlanta Dream on Friday night.

Storm pull away from Fever

Breanna Stewart had 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists and the league-leading Storm beat the Fever to end a two-game losing streak.

Seattle (12-3) avenged one of those losses, coming last Thursday to Indiana. The Fever put an end to the Storm's nine-game winning streak last week with 23 points from Kennedy Burke.

Natasha Howard had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Alysha Clark added 11 points and eight boards for Seattle (12-3). Sue Bird did not play because of a knee issue and Jewell Loyd was held to nine points on 1-of-7 shooting. The Storm hold a half-game lead over Las Vegas atop the WNBA standings.

Indiana (5-9) played with just nine players as Tiffany Mitchell, averaging 14.1 points per game, was out with a wrist injury. Burke led the way with 17 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 15.

Canada's Natalie Achonwa played 25 minutes as a Fever starter, adding 11 points, six rebounds and a season-high five assists.

WATCH | Achonwa impresses for Indiana:

Toronto's Natalie Achonwa scores 11 in Indiana loss to Seattle

2 years ago
Duration 1:04
Natalie Achonwa was aggressive getting to the basket for a few nice layups in WNBA action. Her Indiana Fever fell to the Seattle Storm 87-74.

Aces keep winning

A'ja Wilson had 26 points and nine rebounds, Dearica Hamby added 18 points and 14 boards and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Dallas Wings 96-92 on Tuesday night.

The Aces moved into first in The Associated Press WNBA power poll on Tuesday — the first time this season Las Vegas was No. 1.

Kayla McBride added 15 points and Angel McCoughtry had 12 for the Aces (11-3), who have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Las Vegas was up by 12 midway through the fourth quarter before the Wings rallied behind Satou Sabally to cut the deficit to 94-92 with 2.8 seconds left. Lindsay Allen hit two free throw a second later to seal the victory.

Sabally led Dallas (5-10) with a career-high 28 points, including six in the final 16 seconds, and 11 rebounds. Arike Ogunbowale added 21 points, and Marina Mabrey and Tyasha Harris each scored 13.

With files from CBC Sports

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