Some teams back on their way up

Today’s results:

The Dream cruised past the Mercury, 94-76.

A healthy Mystics squad took down the Lynx, 83-72, and are now fifth in the standings.

Still in progress: Sky at Sparks

WNBA team news:

The race for the top seed in the playoffs tightens, as New York has closed the gap on Las Vegas.

The Liberty says their first 40-game season has helped build chemistry.

As expansion talk continues, Bay Area bidders have remained quiet.

WNBA player news:

With limited space, hardship contracts can be a lifeline or a vicious cycle, even for top players.