UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Alyssa Thomas scored 27 points and Courtney Williams added 24 to help the Connecticut Sun rally to beat the Las Vegas Aces 89-85 on Friday night.
The win, coupled with Washington’s loss moved the Sun into first place in the standings. Connecticut owns the tiebreaker over Washington and third-place Las Vegas. Earning a top two-seed would give the team a double-bye to the semifinals and help the Sun avoid the single-game elimination games. Connecticut has lost the last two years in the playoffs in the one-game format, doing so both times as a host team.
Connecticut (20-8) trailed by 11 in the third quarter before Thomas took over, scoring 11 of the next 13 points to tie the game. Williams’ jumper with a minute left gave Connecticut a 70-68 advantage. Neither team could get more than four-point lead in the final quarter.
The Sun led 87-85 with about 30 seconds left when Jackie Young missed a driving layup. Connecticut corralled the rebound and the Sun worked the clock down before Williams hit a jumper from the free-throw line with 10.2 seconds left to make it a two-possession game and seal the fourth straight win.
Liz Cambage scored 18 points and A’ja Wilson added 17 to lead Las Vegas (19-10), which saw its four-game winning streak end.
SKY 85, MYSTICS 78
CHICAGO (AP) – Diamond DeShields scored 22 points, Stefanie Dolson added 18 points and the Sky beat the Mystics.
Washington (20-8) is tied atop the standings with Connecticut, but the Sun own the tiebreaker. The Mystics had won six straight and 11 of 12. Chicago (17-11) clinched a playoff spot Thursday night by virtue of a win by Los Angeles.
Courtney Vandersloot added 15 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for Chicago. Allie Quigley was held to two points in 28 minutes.
Elena Delle Donne paced Washington with 16 points and seven rebounds as she dropped her first game in nine meetings against her former team. Kristi Toliver missed her fifth straight game due to injury.
DREAM 90, LIBERTY 87
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Tiffany Hayes scored 19 points to lead five Atlanta starters in double figures, and the Dream beat the Liberty to snap a 12-game losing streak.
Renee Montgomery made a contested layup in the lane with 15.8 seconds left to give Atlanta an 88-87 lead. After Rebecca Allen’s free-throw line jumper rolled out, Hayes made two free throws and Allen was long on a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Atlanta (6-22) won its first game since topping Minnesota on July 12, snapping the team’s longest slide since starting 0-17 in 2008.
Bria Hartley led New York (9-19) with 17 points.
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