WNBA: Little leads Storm past Mercury
SEATTLE (AP) -- Camille Little scored 17 points to help the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 72-58 Thursday night.
Tanisha Wright added 10 points for the Storm, which got to .500 (10-10) for the first time this season and has won nine of their last 12 after a 1-7 start.
Seattle went in front for good on Thursday with a 10-0 run in the second quarter and led by 18 late in the game.
Samantha Prahalis led the Mercury (4-16) with 15 points, and Alexis Hornbuckle chipped in 12. Phoenix has lost seven a row, three of which have been to Seattle.
Sue Bird, fresh off of helping the United States win the gold medal last Saturday in London, had two points and three assists in 10 minutes of play. She sat out the second half with the stomach flu.
While Bird was back in action following the Olympics, Storm teammate Lauren Jackson and USA teammate Diana Taurasi were not in Seattle. Jackson, who missed the entire first half of the season to prepare with the Australia team that won bronze, is expected back Monday.
Taurasi did not make the trip because of a late return from London. She has missed 18 of the Mercury's 20 games this season with a strained left hip flexor.
Liberty 79, Sun 66
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Liberty's goal for the second half of the season is to win 11 of their remaining games. They got off to a good start in their return from the WNBA's Olympic break.
Cappie Pondexter scored 24 points to lead the Liberty to a victory over the first-place Connecticut Sun on Thursday night.
Plenette Pierson, returning after missing the New York's last eight games before the hiatus due to a left knee strain, had 16 points to help the Liberty (7-12) snap a three-game skid.
"If we win 11 games we give ourselves a chance to make a playoff push," Pondexter said. "It's attainable. Right now we got 10 to go. I really feel we have a chance to win some games on the road."
The Liberty, who have 15 games remaining, play their next five on the road - starting with a rematch against Connecticut on Saturday night. They then close with seven of their last 10 at home.
Renee Montgomery scored 16 points, and Allison Hightower and Mistie Mims added 12 each for the Sun (15-5), who snapped a five-game winning streak.
Fever 84, Mystics 66
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Erlana Larkins scored a career-high 16 points to help the Indiana Fever defeat the Washington Mystics 84-66 on Thursday night.
Larkins also matched career highs with seven rebounds and three steals.
Tamika Catchings, fresh off winning her third gold medal for Team USA, had 14 points and 14 rebounds. The double-double was the 76th of her career, tied her with Lauren Jackson for third in WNBA history.
Katie Douglas added 11 points for the Fever (11-7), who returned from the Olympic break trailing Connecticut by four games in the Eastern Conference standings.
Monique Currie scored 12 points, Michelle Snow scored 11 and Jasmine Thomas added 10 for the Mystics (4-15), who remained in last place in the East.
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