July 5, 2018 – Check out the box scores from Tuesday night’s action around the league.
After the holiday break, the WNBA returns to action with a full slate of games as 10 teams compete on Thursday night.
Headlining these matchups, is another rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals of the Minnesota Lynx (10-7) and Los Angeles Sparks (12-6) on ESPN 2. Tip-off is at 8 PM ET, in the Target Center. The Lynx suffered a shocking 71-59 loss to the Indiana Fever, who managed to kick a six game losing streak for their first road victory. Despite staying close throughout the course of the game, Minnesota had an off night from the field shooting just 33 percent. Rebekkah Brunson would lead the Lynx as the only scorer in double figures with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Minnesota hopes to bounce back against their rival in Thursday night’s game, as L.A. will also be in search of a win. The Sparks came up short in a tough one point loss to the Connecticut Sun, after Chiney Ogwumike made a layup with 18.5 seconds remaining. With a chance to still win, L.A. made a costly turnover, but were saved by Nneka Ogwumike’s recovery steal. However, her shot would miss the mark giving Connecticut the win. Nneka would finish with 20 points and Candace Parker added 17 points.
Also tipping at 8 PM ET, is the Dallas Wings (8-8) and Indiana Fever (2-16) on ESPN 3. Both the Wings and Fever are coming off wins that should boost their confidence going into Thursday’s matchup. Indiana who has struggled this season as they rebuild, made a significant step with a statement win on the road against the defending champs. Cappie Pondexter in her Fever debut, nailed the three-point shot to put the Lynx away for good. She would finish with 12 points behind Natalie Achonwa’s 17 point performance. Dallas had a monster game of their own, posting 108 points against the Chicago Sky. Wings center Liz Cambage dropped a career-high 37 points to go with 10 boards on the night. Skylar Diggins-Smith also added 20 points in the win, as Dallas looks to find continued success at home.
The New York Liberty (5-12) and Washington Mystics (10-6) will go head to head at 7 PM ET, in Capital One Arena. The Liberty fell to the Storm on Tuesday, getting outscored 23-9 in the second quarter. New York has lost six of their last seven games, but aim to turn things around against the Mystics. Washington is coming off a loss as well to the Phoenix Mercury who ended the Mystics’ four-game win streak on Saturday. Elena Delle Donne put up 27 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Catch the Liberty and the Mystics on ESPN 3.
Closing out the evening at 10 PM ET, is the Chicago Sky (6-11) and the Las Vegas Aces (6-12). Chicago fell to Dallas on Tuesday as the Wings had a dominant third quarter that put the Sky in a hole. Diamond DeShields would lead the Sky with 20 points and four rebounds. The Aces are also coming off a loss to L.A., after falling 87-71 on Sunday. Tamera Young led the way with 16 points and eight assists. Stick around for the Aces and the Sky on WNBA League Pass.
Also featured on League Pass will be the Connecticut Sun (10-7) and Phoenix Mercury (13-5) at 10 PM ET. Connecticut managed to hold on for the 73-72 win over L.A., behind Chiney Ogwumike’s 21 point performance. The Sun look to build on their success and even the score between the Mercury, whom they last saw on June 16. Phoenix is seeking their fourth-straight win after a solid road trip that put them at the top of the league standings with Seattle. The Mercury defeated the Mystics on Saturday, as Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner combined for 47 of the team’s 84 points. Find out if Phoenix can stay afloat against the Sun in Thursday night’s matchup.