Tuesday night in the WNBA

  • By Aaron Lommers Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:35am
  • Sports

The Phoenix Mercury did on Tuesday what no other team had been able to do so far in the WNBA season — beat the San Antonio Silver Stars.

The Mercury did it by playing their game, a fast-paced, high-scoring offensive attack that propelled them to a 105-98 victory.

The Mercury (2-3) were led by Penny Taylor, who shot 11-for-15 from the field and scored 30 points. Taylor was one of four Phoenix players in double figures, Candice Dupree scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds, Kara Braxton added 15 points and Tameka Johnson scored 14. Mercury star Diana Taurasi managed just seven points in the contest.

Becky Hammon scored 28 points and dished out seven assists for the Silver Stars (4-1), but it wasn’t enough to stay perfect on the season.

The Los Angeles Sparks also continued their impressive play on Thursday with a 96-91 victory over the New York Liberty. The game was a rematch — on the 15-year anniversary — of the first game in WNBA history.

DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 27 points to lead the Sparks (4-1), Candace Parker chipped in 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Tina Thompson added 14, including a key block in the game’s final seconds.

Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points for New York (2-4).

Indiana improved to 4-3 on Tuesday with an 89-80 victory over the Washington Mystics, who fell to 1-5. Shavonte Zellous scored 21 points to lead the Fever. Crystal Langhorne paced the Mystics with 23 points.

In early action on Tuesday, the Atlanta Dream improved to 2-5 with 71-68 victory over the Chicago Sky. Angel McCoughtry scored 14 points to lead a balanced Dream attack. Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points to lead the Sky (3-3), who have lost two straight.

In Tuesday’s only other game the Storm beat the Tulsa Shock 82-77.

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