Playoff Picture Taking Shape Ahead of Friday’s Schedule

August 10, 2018 – As the playoff picture is shaping up, teams continue to give it their all as one spot remains for the 2018 WNBA Playoffs.

Phoenix, Minnesota, Connecticut, L.A., Washington, and Atlanta all secured their spots in the playoffs this week behind the top ranked Seattle Storm. Dallas, Las Vegas, and Chicago are still in the race to clinch the final playoff berth as the regular season winds down and the battle for the title begins.

Tonight’s WNBA action includes the Connecticut Sun (17-12) at Chicago (10-19) for a 9 PM ET tip-off. Connecticut is on a roll having won five straight after defeating the Dallas Wings on Wednesday to clinch their spot in the playoffs. The Sun earned the 101-92 victory behind a 22-point performance from Alyssa Thomas. Jonquel Jones also tallied 17 points in the win, while Courtney Williams pitched in 10 rebounds to go with 10 points. The Sun look to continue their streak tonight against the Sky, who are fighting to stay afloat. Chicago fell to the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday, after Maya Moore went off for 31 points. The Sky shot just 34 percent from the field, as Allie Quigley paced Chicago with 22 points. Catch the Sun and the Sky on League Pass tonight at 9 PM ET.

Concluding tonight’s action are the Phoenix Mercury (16-14) and the Indiana Fever (5-24). Despite securing their bid to the playoffs, the Mercury came up short against the Washington Mystics on Tuesday, in a 103-98 matchup. Phoenix’s trio had a strong outing as Brittney Griner led the Mercury with 35 points and 11 rebounds. Diana Taurasi added 29 points, while DeWanna Bonner tallied 20 points in the loss. The Mercury look to finish out the regular season strong, as they prepare to host the Fever tonight at 10 PM ET. Indiana continues to grind out the season as the team aims to finish better than they started. In their matchup against the Seattle Storm, the Fever were unable to keep their two-game win streak alive as Seattle came away with the 94-79 win. Candice Dupree had the hot hand again scoring 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting. Victoria Vivians also had a hot shooting spurt from behind the arc, knocking down five 3-pointers in the first half to finish with 15 points. Be sure to watch the Fever and the Mercury tonight on NBA TV.

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