UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Epiphanny Prince scored 23 points and Elena Delle Donne added 19 to lead the Chicago Sky to a 77-61 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night.
Sylvia Fowles had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Chicago (14-7).
Allison Hightower scored 13 points for the Sun (6-14) and Kelsey Griffin had 12 points and six rebounds. Tina Charles, the reigning WNBA MVP, missed 16 of 18 shots and finished with five points and 10 rebounds for Connecticut.
Chicago had a four-point lead late in the second quarter when it pulled away for good. Prince began a 12-0 run with back-to-back 3-pointers, and successive layups by Courtney Vandersloot pushed the Sky's lead to 39-23 with less than two minutes left in the first half.
SILVER STARS 77, STORM 56
SEATTLE (AP) - Shenise Johnson scored 15 points, Danielle Robinson had 14 points and eight assists, and San Antonio earned its first win in Seattle in six years.
Jia Perkins added 13 points for San Antonio (8-14), which had lost 10 straight in Seattle since a win on July 29, 2007.
The teams will play again in Seattle on Sunday night when San Antonio can close within one-half game of the Storm for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Shekinna Stricklen scored 16 and Tina Thompson 12 to lead Seattle (9-12), which had won three of four as it closed in on Phoenix for third place. The Storm dropped to 4-5 at home.
MERCURY 70, SHOCK 67
PHOENIX (AP) - Diana Taurasi scored 23 points, including a 17-footer to break a 65-65 tie with 1:42 left, and Phoenix held off Tulsa to make a winner of Russ Pennell in his debut as interim coach.
Candice Dupree scored eight of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and added nine rebounds as Phoenix opened up a nine-point lead. But Liz Cambage sparked a 9-0 run to get Tulsa even with 1:57 remaining.
Taurasi and Lynetta Kizer made baskets while Tulsa failed to score on back-to-back possessions. Nicole Powell hit a baseline jumper with 31 seconds left to pull the Shock within 69-67. Taurasi missed a baseline floater and Tulsa got the ball with 9 seconds left. Rookie Skylar Diggins missed a driving layup in traffic in the dying seconds.
Cambage led Tulsa with 19 points. Diggins added 12.
Pennell took over Thursday after the Mercury fired coach and general manager Corey Gaines following a five-year run that included the 2009 WNBA title.
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