Phoenix trample Seattle with 81-64 win, Dream edge Fever in overtime
AP Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
PHOENIX -- Brittney Griner blocked four shots in the first 5 minutes and scored 19 points, leading Phoenix to an 81-64 victory over the Seattle Storm on Saturday night in the Mercury's opener.
Griner, last year's first overall draft pick, made her first seven shots and finished with five blocks. Her first miss came in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.
The Mercury went 6 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half and never trailed.
DeWanna Bonner scored 11 points and guard Anete Jekabsone-Zogota came off the bench to hit all four of her shots, including three 3-pointers, and also finished with 11 points.
Camille's Little had 14 points for the Storm, coming off a home loss to Los Angeles on Friday night in their opener. Seattle coach Brian Agler missed the game to attend his son's college graduation.
Sky 79, Liberty 65 Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points as Chicago spoiled New York's return to Madison Square Garden.
Jessica Breland added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points for the Sky (2-0).
The Liberty had played their home games the past three seasons in New Jersey while MSG underwent a US$1 billion transformation. The game marked the home debut for Liberty center Tina Charles, who the Liberty acquired in a blockbuster draft night trade with the Connecticut Sun. The New York native had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Liberty (1-1).
With the game tied at 55 entering the fourth quarter, Delle Donne's three-point play started a 15-4 run to begin the period. Vandersloot had five straight points during the game-changing burst.
Dream 90, Fever 88, 2ot Angel McCoughtry hit a 3-point shot from the top of the key with 8.8 seconds to play in the second overtime as Atlanta held on to edge the Fever.
McCoughtry led the Dream (2-0) by scoring 27 points in a reserve role. Erika DeSouza and Shoni Schimmel added 17 each, and Schimmel had 10 assists. Sancho Lyttle scored 10 points and grabbed 21 rebounds.
Erlana Larkins had a double-double for the Fever (0-2), scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Rookie Natasha Howard scored 21 points, and Briann January had 20.
Stars 80, Shock 76 Jia Perkins scored 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the final 45 seconds as San Antonio rallied to win its home opener over Tulsa.
Danielle Robinson had 17 points and five assists, and rookie Kayla McBride had 11 points for San Antonio, which was without Becky Hammon, who missed her second game because of a sprained ankle.
Skyler Diggins had 20 points and nine assists, Glory Johnson added 15 points, and Courtney Paris had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Tulsa.
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