With 0.3 seconds left in the game, Satou Sabally saved an out-of-bounds three-pointer from Erica Wheeler and threw the ball to New York Liberty teammate Isabel Harry Sen (Isabelle Harrison), who did not participate in the game between the Dallas Wings and the Los Angeles Sparks at the University Park Center in Arlington, Texas on Sunday to celebrate entering the playoffs.
Wheeler’s three-pointer was played a few steps away from the three-point line, which would tie the Sparks’ game, who could have won the playoff spot in overtime. The reason for this is that the Washington Mysteries, who controlled their fate into the playoffs, lost to the Minnesota Bobcats.
Because both sides lost 87-84And mystics, who lost 83-77, Failed to improve to 13-19, the Liberty team won the tiebreaker between the three eighth-placed 12-20 teams by virtue of their better head-to-head record with the other two teams. New York defeated Washington on Friday to win the deciding game.
Wheeler is one of the most critical players in this year’s WNBA, hitting a three-pointer with 8.8 seconds left in the game, reducing the gap in Los Angeles to a three-pointer. She ended up with 22 points, 7 assists and 2 steals. Teammate Te’a Cooper (6 assists) set her second-highest total points of the season with 24 points, while team leader Nneka Ogwumike contributed 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 Blocks.
Wings, locked in the seventh seed and fighting only for motivation, was led by 20 points from Arike Ogunbowale. Ogunbowale also had 3 assists and 2 steals, while Allisha Gray had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Marina Marbury contributed 16 points and 5 assistants to the victory, and Isabel Harrison contributed 14 points.
Dallas (14-18) led by 13 early in the fourth quarter. Harrison shot 7 of 7 from the field. N. Ogwumike shot 4 of 5, Ogunbowale shot 4 of 6, and Cooper shot 3 of 5. Wings attempted 7 more free throws and 8 more free throws.
The Bobcats, who played for the No. 3 seed, also led by as much as 13 points, but the Mystics fought back throughout the game. If the Mystery team achieves better team success, then he may be the MVP leader. Tina Charles scored a goal with 1:59 left in the game, reducing Washington’s gap to three points. Charles’ Olympian Ariel Atkins cut the score to two with a free throw with 47 seconds left in the game, but Minnesota (22-10) followed closely with Laxia Clarendon and air power. All free throws were made to seal the victory.
Bowles dropped a season-high 27 points on the team that won the championship with her in 2019. She has scored more than 20 points in four of the past six games. The two superstars of Minnesota, Nafisa Collier (14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks) and Silvia Falls (8 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals) also appeared. Keira McBride had 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Clarendon had a game-high 6 assists.
Natasha Cloud herself often serves as the assist leader, and she excelled in failure. She scored a season-high 22 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Charles had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals, and Atkins had 17 points and 4 assists.
The Bobcats attempted 9 more free throws and 8 more free throws.
Charles led the scoring with an average of 23.4 points per game, but still below Diana Taurasi’s WNBA record of 25.3 points.
Las Vegas Aces (24-8) defeated Phoenix Mercury (19-13), 84-83
JiSu Park blocked Brianna Turner’s layup attempt with 0.9 seconds left to secure the victory for Aces. They were locked in the No. 2 seed position, but will use this to gain momentum. Jackie Young had a layup with 4.3 seconds left to give Vegas the lead. The Aces team trailed by 8 points with 2:42, leading Kelsey Plum by 7 points, who ended the game with 23 points.
Skylar Diggins-Smith started with 3 of 3 3-pointers and scored 17 points and 7 assists in the loss. As a team, the Mercury shot 14 of 30 from beyond the three-point line (46.7%). Phoenix is locked as the fifth seed of the playoffs and will hold the first round of the game at 10pm Eastern Time on Thursday (ESPN2).
The Chicago Sky (16-16) defeated the Indiana Heat (6-26), 98-87
Diamond de Shields averaged 16.2 points per game and was the star of 2019, but her performance has declined since then. However, although she won All-Star honors for three teammates this season, she acted like an All-Star in Sunday’s game, scoring 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Getting her into the playoffs is very important for Chicago, who also scored 15 points and 8 rebounds from Allie Quigley (4 of 7 3-pointers). De Shields averaged 8 of 13 from the field and 13 of 16 from the free throw line. She is the only player in WNBA history to score at least 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists off the bench in a single game.
Kelsey Mitchell lost 32 points and had 4 assists and 2 steals in the loss. She shot 12 of 17 from the field (4 of 7 three-pointers) and ranked eighth with an average of 17.8 points per game this season. Emma Cannon (8 rebounds) contributed a season-high 19 points for Fever, who only played 6 players. Teaira McCowan had 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Lindsay Allen had 10 points and a season-high 10 assists.
The sky is locked in the sixth seed. At the same time, Fever ranked last. Chicago will host Dallas in the first round of the playoffs at 8pm Eastern Time on Thursday (ESPN2).
The Connecticut Suns (26-6) defeated the Atlanta Dreams (8-24), 84-64
Brionna Jones (14 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals) and Jonquel Jones (15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks) were the winners in double-doubles. Natissa Hidman also scored 16 points and 5 points. Seven rebounds and three assists came from Alyssa Thomas, who appeared in her second game because of a torn Achilles tendon.
Courtney Williams had 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Monique Billings (2 steals) had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Dream struggling outside the arc (2 of 20 shots). They also tried and missed 12 free throws, leading 50-33.
Connecticut is locked in the No. 1 seed. On the other hand, Dream ranked second from the bottom.