Playoffs getting set

Some close games tonight:

The Sun got by the Mystics, 77-70.

The Dream cruised past the Liberty, 70-57. Atlanta forward Angel McCoughtry scored her 3,000th point during the contest.

The Sparks held on to beat the Shock, 74-70.

The Fever slipped past the Sky, 82-77. Indiana ties for third in the East, with the Mystics.

The Mercury staved off the surging Silver Stars, 83-80. The results mean Phoenix clinched a playoff spot, and San Antonio was eliminated.

The Storm have also earned a playoff spot, thanks to a tie-breaker, so the Western Conference is accounted for tonight.

Team news:

Lynx….have signed Lindsay Whalen to a multi-year contract extension.

Sun….Tina Charles will miss the last five games of the season to rest injuries.

Shock….are playing for pride with the playoffs out of reach.

Mercury….are healthy and looking to define roles in the face of the post-season.

Liberty….retiring veteran Katie Smith has got next – several upcoming new careers.

Mystics….coaches corner with assistant Marianne Stanley.

Tomorrow’s game previews:

Sun at Fever

Lynx at Storm