Camille Little scored a season-high 18 points to help the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx, 72-69, at KeyArena on Sunday night and move into sole possession of second place in the Western Conference.
Tanisha Wright scored on a drive to give the Storm a 70-69 lead with 10.3 seconds left, their first lead since late in the third quarter.
“It was drawn up the same exact way we did it,” Wright said of the winning basket. “We had run the same play two possessions before that and I missed the layup. I figured I’d take it in and hope to get fouled.”
The Lynx had a chance to go ahead, but Little drew a charging foul against Candice Wiggins with 3.7 seconds remaining. Wright made two free throws for the final margin.
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“It was awesome,” Wright said of the charge. “I was more excited about that than I was about my score. It was a great play. If we’re going to hang our hats on defense, you’ve got to be able to smile about that and be excited.”
Wright had 15 points, and Swin Cash had 14 points and nine rebounds as Seattle (10-6) snapped a two-game home losing streak.
Roneeka Hodges, Nicky Anosike and Wiggins each had 12 points for Minnesota (9-7).
Storm two-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson sat out her second game because of a strained Achilles’ tendon. Jackson said she feels better every day, even though she still can’t jump.
At Sun 67, Fever 61: Lindsay Whalen had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Uncasville, Conn., as Connecticut (8-6) snapped Indiana’s 11-game winning streak.
The Sun had a 60-40 lead with 4:53 remaining but went scoreless for more than four minutes. Indiana (11-3) went on a 16-0 run to get within four until Asjha Jones made a free throw with 22.6 seconds remaining.
At Liberty 89, Dream 86: Shameka Christon scored a career-high 32 points, including a 3-pointer from way behind the arc to break a late tie, as New York (5-8) beat Atlanta (7-10).
Chamique Holdsclaw missed a contested 3-pointer at the top of the key as time expired that would have sent the game to overtime.
At Sky 85, Silver Stars 75: Jia Perkins scored 29 points to lead Chicago (8-8) to the win over San Antonio (6-8).
Becky Hammon scored 22 points to lead San Antonio.
Shock 69, at Monarchs 65: Taj McWilliams had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and a clutch basket in the fourth quarter to help Detroit (5-8) beat Sacramento (3-13).
Nicole Powell scored 12 points for the Monarchs, who are riding a five-game losing streak and own the worst record in the WNBA.