The East hot as fire; Mercury keep things interesting in West

All five of today’s games were in-conference, and the results were wild:


The Fever slipped past the Liberty, 80-79. Indiana – which has lost only one game since the All-Star break – is now only one game behind first-place New York in the East.

The Sky edged the Mystics, 66-64, thanks to a Cappie Pondexter layup with six seconds to go. Chicago has beaten Washington four times this season, including once just a few days ago. The Sky hang on to third in the East.

Chicago forward Elena Delle Donne lost a shoe in the middle of the game, but got the rebound anyway.

The Dream ran past the Sun, 102-92, behind Angel McCoughtry’s 33 points.


The Mercury beat the Lynx, 79-67, to clinch a playoff berth. Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve was ejected in the third quarter after picking up two quick technical fouls.

The Sparks crushed the Stars, 90-59. Jantel Lavender lead Los Angeles with 22 points, and Candace Parker had 20 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Current standings:

Eastern Conference

New York Liberty 18-8 0.692

Indiana Fever 17-9 0.654

Chicago Sky 17-11 0.607

Washington Mystics 15-11 0.577

Connecticut Sun 12-14 0.462

Atlanta Dream 10-16 0.385

Western Conference

Minnesota Lynx 19-9 0.679

Phoenix Mercury 16-11 0.593

Tulsa Shock 13-14 0.481

Los Angeles Sparks 10-17 0.370

Seattle Storm 7-20 0.259

San Antonio Stars 7-21 0.250


Liberty or Fever for the top spot? Or will it be the Sky?

What is wrong with the Lynx?

Is there something wrong with the Mystics?

Are the Mercury steady now?

Are the Shock for real again?

Can the Sparks catch up?

Should Coach Dan Hughes be relieved of duties?