UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix Mercury 79-64 on Friday night to spoil Diana Taurasi’s season debut.
Taurasi, the former UConn star and the WNBA’s career scoring leader, played 16 minutes and scored five points —all from the free-throw line — in her first game since offseason back surgery.
Connecticut (10-6), which outscored Phoenix by 21 points in the second half, had three players finish with a double-double for the third time in team history. Jonquel Jones had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Courtney Williams added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jasmine Thomas and Shekinna Stricklen added 11 points apiece to help Connecticut avoid its first six-game losing streak since 2016.
DeWanna Bonner had 20 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix (7-7), and Brittney Griner added 10 points with three blocks. The Mercury had won five of their last six games.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points, six rebounds and six steals to lead Los Angeles past Indiana.
Candace Parker sat out for Los Angeles (8-7) because of an ankle injury.
Chiney Ogwumike added 19 points and nine rebounds to help Los Angeles snap a three-game road losing streak. Chelsea Gray had 15 points and six assists. Los Angeles led 45-35 at halftime and scored 31 points in the third quarter for a 76-52 advantage.
Erica Wheeler and Shenise Johnson each scored 11 points for Indiana (6-11).
SKY 99, LIBERTY 83
CHICAGO (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot scored 17 points and tied her season high with 12 assists in Chicago’s victory over New York.
Jantel Lavender also scored 17 points for the Sky (8-8). Diamond DeShields added 16 points, Allie Quigley 14 and Stefanie Dolson had 13 points and nine rebounds. Kia Nurse led New York (7-9) with 18 points.