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Copper, Quigley lift Chicago to an OT win at Connecticu­t

SKY 95, SUN 92 (OT)

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Kahleah Copper scored 27 points, Allie Quigley hit two big shots in overtime, and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticu­t Sun, 95-92, in a matchup between two of the WNBA’S top teams Sunday in Uncasville, Conn.

Connecticu­t (20-10) led 92-86 after Jonquel Jones sank 1 of 2 free throws with 2:02 remaining in overtime. Quigley answered with a three-pointer and Courtney Vandersloo­t hit two foul shots to get Chicago (23-7) within 92-91 with 90 seconds left.

Following a Sun turnover, Emma Meesseman made a goahead layup with 47.3 seconds to go and Quigley scored down low with 8.1 seconds left to cap the scoring and a 9-0 game-ending run.

Vandersloo­t had 16 points and 12 assists for the Sky. She passed Lindsay Whalen to move into third on the WNBA’S career assist list. The Chicago guard has 2,350 in her career.

Quigley had 13 points and five assists, while Azura Stevens had 12 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Meesseman added 10 points and five assists as all five starters scored in double figures.

Dewanna Bonner topped the Sun with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Alyssa Thomas finished with 22 points, eight assists and five steals.

Courtney Williams had 16 points and eight rebounds, and her basket with 15.2 seconds left sent the game to overtime tied at 84.

LIBERTY 89, MERCURY 69: Natasha Howard had 23 points and 12 rebounds to help New York roll past visiting Phoenix.

Sabrina Ionescu had 10 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds for New York. Her assist total equaled the WNBA record for a game in the regular season, matching Ticha Penicheiro (twice), Vandersloo­t and Sue Bird.

Vandersloo­t set the overall mark of 18 for Chicago in the 2020 playoffs against Indiana.

Rebecca Allen added 17 points and Crystal Dangerfiel­d also had a season-high 17 for the Liberty (11-18), which stayed in the mix for one of the final playoff spots with seven games remaining. New York will play all of those games against teams it is chasing in the standings.

Phoenix (13-17) got 21 points from Sophie Cunningham.

Skylar Diggins-smith and Diana Taurasi, who have been playing well since the all-star break, had 13 and 12 points, respective­ly, and were a combined 8 for 30 from the field. Diggins-smith also had 11 assists.

The Liberty scored the first seven points of the game and extended the advantage to 35-27 at the half.

ACES 94, FEVER 69: Kelsey Plum scored 26 points, and Las Vegas won in Indianapol­is, handing Indiana a club-record 14th straight loss.

Plum sank 9 of 12 shots with three three-pointers as Las Vegas (22-8) beat Indiana (5-27) for the second time in three days. A’ja Wilson, Jackie Young and reserve Theresa Plaisance all scored 13 points.

A pair of rookies paced the Fever as No. 2 overall pick Nalyssa Smith had 18 points and 13 rebounds and second-rounder Destanni Henderson came off the bench to finish with 16 points and four assists.

Las Vegas has won four straight.

LYNX 84, SPARKS 77: Moriah Jefferson scored 22 points, Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and nine rebounds, and visiting Minnesota beat Los Angeles.

Jefferson shot 9 for 14 and Fowles made her first eight shots before missing on her final attempt for the Lynx (12-19).

Nneka Ogwumike scored 23 points to lead the Sparks (12-17).

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