|Monday, July 08, 2013 12:31 AM|
MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore scored 14 of her 23 points in the third quarter and the Minnesota Lynx earned their 10th straight victory over Phoenix, beating the Mercury 91-59 on Sunday night.
Monica Wright added 17 and Lindsay Whalen chipped in 14 for the Lynx, who earned their third victory over the Mercury this season in a winning streak that dates to 2011.
WNBA leading scorer Diana Taurasi, who entered the contest averaging 23 points per game, was held to a season-low 4 points on 2-for-6 shooting for the Mercury. DeWanna Bonner, the Mercury’s second-leading scorer, had seven points on 3-for-13 shooting.
The victory came at a price, as the Lynx (8-3) lost Seimone Augustus to a left ankle injury in the second quarter.
Candice Dupree scored 12 points for Phoenix (8-5), which had its season-best 5-game winning streak snapped. Rookie Brittney Griner had eight points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
SKY 93, LIBERTY 64
NEWARK, N.J. —Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points and Epiphanny Prince added 18 to help Chicago rout New York.
Led by its prized rookie, Chicago (8-4) has the second-best record in the East, trailing Atlanta by 2½ games. The Sky are trying to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Delle Donne leads the WNBA in All-Star voting and is fourth in scoring at nearly 19 points per game.
Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points to lead New York (5-7), which has lost five of its last six games.