Close games, big moments

Some close games today:

The Mercury escaped the Dream, 71-68, behind Candice Dupree’s 27 points.

Jantel Lavender’s 20 points, and Candace Parker’s crucial last-second block, lifted the Sparks past the Stars, 80-78.

The Sky edged the Mystics, 71-68. Elena Delle Donne was the high-scorer for Chicago, with 22 points.


Tina Charles’ 29 points paced the Liberty past the Storm, 78-62. New York honored Becky Hammon at halftime, inducting her into the franchise’s “ring of honor.”

Seattle veteran Sue Bird joined the 5,000-point career club in the loss. She also has 2,000 assists, making her the first WNBA player to reach both those milestones.

The Fever beat the Sun, 83-70.


Rookie forward Cierra Burdick will have surgery Wednesday to repair a left foot stress fracture. She’ll be out 4-6 weeks.


Point guard Sydney Colson is grateful for a heavy workload.

WNBA president Laurel Richie:

Q&A topics include tanking, Becky Hammon and expansion.