Sun ride Jonquel Jones, DeWanna Bonner double-doubles to win over Mystics

Jonquel Jones had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and the Connecticut Sun held off the Washington Mystics for an 86-81 win on Friday night.

It was Jones’ sixth straight double-double for the Sun (6-1). She had 26 points and eight rebounds in the season opener.

Jasmine Thomas added a season-high 19 points, DeWanna Bonner had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Brionna Jones scored 12 for Connecticut.

The Sun had their largest lead at 62-50, but the Mystics (2-4) scored the last 13 points of the quarter to take a 63-62 advantage into the fourth.

Bonner’s layup 13 seconds into the final period put the Sun back in front for good. The Mystics closed within three in the final minute but never had a possession with a chance to tie.

Tina Charles scored 29 points and Ariel Atkins added 20 for Washington.

Storm take easy win over Lynx

Breanna Stewart had 15 points and eight rebounds and the Seattle Storm cruised to an 82-72 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night.

Stewart sat out the fourth quarter for the Storm (5-1), who led 77-50 at the end of the third. Candice Dupree capped Seattle’s scoring on a basket that made it 82-53 with 8:32 left in the game. The Storm had made 58 per cent of their shots (35 of 60) at that point before missing their final 12 field goal attempts of the game.

Dupree and Jewell Loyd added 12 points each, Sue Bird scored 11 and Epiphanny Prince 10.

The Storm made their first six shots to open the game with a 15-2 lead. The Lynx (0-4) tied it at 29 early in the second, but Seattle outscored Minnesota 29-6 over the rest of the quarter to pull away for good.

Sylvia Fowles scored 15 points and Napheesa Collier added 14 for Minnesota.

Canadian Bridget Carleton finished with 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists for the Lynx, while fellow Canuck Natalie Achonwa scored four points in addition to grabbing six rebounds and two assists for Minnesota.

Aces blowout Fever behind Chelsea Gray’s big night

Dearica Hamby scored 25 points and Chelsea Gray scored 19 with 12 rebounds and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Indiana Fever 113-77 on Friday night.

A’ja Wilson scored 23 points, Riquna Williams 18, Liz Cambage 12 and Jackie Young 10 for Las Vegas. The Aces’ 113 points tops the previous franchise record of 108 reached on June 18, 2010 when they were in San Antonio playing as the Silver Stars.

Kelsey Mitchell’s opening basket of the game marked Indiana’s only lead of the night. Ji-Su Park’s short bucket made it 21-9 in favour of Las Vegas (4-2) and the Aces ended the first quarter ahead 30-13.

Up 59-47 at halftime, the Aces tightened their defense and held Indiana to 11 points in the third quarter after surrendering 34 in the second quarter.

Tiffany Mitchell scored 17 for the Fever (1-6), Teaira McCowan scored 13 with 10 rebounds, Kelsey Mitchell scored 13 and Victoria Vivians 12.

Sparks cruise to victory over Sky 

Nneka Ogwumike scored 14 points with nine rebounds and Erica Wheeler added 13 points to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky 76-61 on Friday night.

The Sparks (1-2) led 38-33 at halftime and sealed the game after the break outscoring Chicago 23-10 in the third quarter. The Sky (2-3) set a franchise-high committing 27 turnovers.

Wheeler’s jumper with 7:53 remaining in the third began a 14-0 run in which she scored six of the points and Los Angeles led by double digits the rest of the way. Brittney Sykes added 11 points for the Sparks.

Diamond DeShields scored 14 points for Chicago, Ruthy Hebard 12 and Kahleah Copper 11. Candace Parker missed her fourth straight game with a minor left ankle sprain.

The two teams meet again on Sunday.

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