Female coach’s 200 wins a milestone for WNBA
Connecticut Sun coach Anne Donovan became the first woman to record 200 victories in the WNBA when her team routed the San Antonio Stars 82-51 on Tuesday.
Donovan is the fourth coach in WNBA history to reach the milestone. The others are San Antonio’s Dan Hughes, Van Chancellor and Mike Thibault.
Donovan has coached five teams in more than a decade in the league.
Kelsey Bone had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the Sun (10-9). Connecticut also had a season-high 24 assists, led by Chelsea Gray’s career- best seven.
In other games, Candace Parker had 18 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Min- nesota Lynx 83-61 for their third straight win.
Jantel Lavender recorded her league-leading 11th double-double for Los Angeles with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Los Angeles had a season-high 12 steals.
In Phoenix, DeWanna Bonner scored 25 points, capped by a contested 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer, to lift the Mercury over the Tulsa Shock 87-84.
Phoenix struggled to run a final play after a timeout with 23 seconds left and again after a timeout with 5.2 left before getting the ball to Bonner near mid-court. She started right, went left above the key before taking a dribble back to the right and shooting over Karima Christmas.
Elena Delle Donne had 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and four blocks in just 23 minutes as the Chicago Sky defeated the Indiana Fever 106-82.