In a double-header in the WNBA Thursday night, the Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm got victories.
Sun Edge Fever Late
The game was a close one at the end, with Connecticut pulling ahead within the final minute. At one point, the Indiana Fever had a 16 point lead.
The Fever looked like they were going to cruise to another win. They ended the first half on an 11-0 run and didn't lose the lead until Mistie Bass hit a jumper with 50.6 seconds left in the game, giving the Sun a one point lead. The Sun would go on to dominate the final minute, outscoring the Fever 10-2 and sealing a 70-64 victory.
While the Sun saw the return of injured guard Renee Mongomery, the Fever continued to struggle thanks to injuries. They only had eight players in uniform and Tamika Catchings wasn't one of them. She did not play because of personal reasons.
Tina Charles led the way for the Sun with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Allison Hightower and Bass added 12 points each and Montgomery scored 7 in her first game since July 24th.
Shavonte Zellous led the way for the Fever with 20 points. Jessica Breland stepped up big, scoring 17 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in the game. Karina Christmas wasn't far behind with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Griner Returns But Mercury Come Up Short
Rookie Brittney Griner scored 11 points and had four blocked shots, but the Phoenix Mercury lost to the Seattle Storm by a score of 88-79.
The Storm overcame an early 13-point deficit and then outscored the Mercury 28-16 in the third quarter. They held onto the lead to get their first win after the All-Star break.
Tameka Johnson and 17-year veteran Tina Thompson both scored 16 points to lead the Storm. Rookie Tianna Hawkins had an impressive outing with 13 points and 6 rebounds in just twelve minutes of play. Tanisha Wright added 14 points.
For the Mercury, Dewanna Bonner led all players with 19 points. Her teammate Candace Dupree chipped in with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Griner scored her eleven in limited minutes as she continues to recover from her knee injury. The Storm was able to hold Diana Tarausi to just 10 points in the game.
The Action Continues Tonight
Three games are on the slate for the WNBA tonight:
San Antonio Silver Stars @ Minnesota Lynx ... 8pm ET
Los Angelos Sparks @ Tulsa Shock ... 8pm ET
Washington Mystics @ Chicago Sky ... 8:30pm ET
All games can be seen online through WNBA Live Access.