INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tamika Catchings had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead to lead the defending-champion Fever to a 79-58 win over the short-handed Chicago Sky on Saturday night.
Karima Christmas scored 12 points, including two timely 3-pointers in the third quarter for the Fever (9-10). Catchings also had five steals and four blocked shots.
Courtney Vandersloot had 11 points to lead the Sky (13-6), who were without leading-scorer Elena Delle Donne due to a concussion for the second straight game.
Without their star rookie, Chicago struggled to generate enough offense to stay with the Fever.
The Sky shot just 33 percent from the field and turned the ball over 14 times. When Indiana opened the second half on a 7-0 run to build a 15-point lead, the Sky couldn't recover.
SUN 88, LIBERTY 66
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Tina Charles scored had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Renee Montgomery scored nine of her 18 points in a decisive third quarter, and Connecticut cruised past New York.
Kelsey Griffin scored 16 points and Allison Hightower added 13 to help the Sun (6-12) get their second straight win after a three-game losing streak.
Kara Braxton scored 18 points and Plenette Pierson and Cappie Pondexter each added 17 for New York (8-12).
Trailing 34-33 at halftime, the Sun outscored the Liberty 27-14 in the third quarter.
The Liberty sliced the lead to 68-62 in the fourth quarter, but then Charles hit two consecutive corner jumpers to push the lead back to 10 with 5:52 remaining. Montgomery's fourth 3-pointer of the game from way behind the arc extended the lead to 77-64.
MERCURY 82, DREAM 76
PHOENIX (AP) - Diana Taurasi scored 28 points and Phoenix held off Atlanta's fourth-quarter rally to snap a three-game skid.
DeWanna Bonner had 23 points for the Mercury (10-10), winners of just two of their last eight games.
Angel McCoughtry had 33 points and eight assists for Atlanta (11-6), which was playing for the first time since July 24. Erika de Souza added 16 points and 11 rebounds as Atlanta, second in the Eastern Conference, lost for the fifth time in its last six.
The Dream rallied from a 14-point deficit with 6:21 left to get within one with 1:06 remaining, but Taurasi and Bonner made five of six free throws in the final minute to help secure Phoenix's win.
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