WNBA roundup

Storm 98, Mercury 89

Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd scored 20 points apiece, and Seattle beat Phoenix on Saturday night in its first game since Gary Kloppenburg took over as their interim coach.

Crystal Langhorne had 19 points, six rebounds and a career high-tying five assists, helping Seattle (11-16) stop a four-game slide. The Storm went 10 of 20 from 3-point range.

Kloppenburg was promoted after Jenny Boucek was fired on Thursday. He earned his first win since 2013 when he coached Tulsa.

Sami Whitcomb and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis hit back-to-back 3s before Stewart made two short baskets in a 10-0 run that gave Seattle an 88-77 lead with 6:37 to play. Diana Taurasi hit a jumper and then a 3-pointer to help the Mercury within six points a minute later, but the rally fizzled from there.

Taurasi led Phoenix (14-13) with 20 points, and Brittney Griner, who had missed the last eight games with knee and ankle injuries, scored 19.

Mystics 100, Fever 80

Krystal Thomas had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Washington beat Indiana in a game that was delayed 48 minutes to start the second half because of water on the court.

The Mystics (16-10) were up by 13 at the half before the game was delayed because of a leak in the Verizon Center roof. It was the second time in two weeks that there was water on the court because of a leak. The Mystics were supposed to play the Connecticut Sun on July 28, but that game was called about 50 minutes after the 7 p.m. scheduled start because of water on the floor. That game will be made up on Aug. 29.

On Saturday, Verizon Center workers put a yellow tarp above the court to contain the leak and the second half began late. The teams entertained themselves and the fans during part of the delay by having a dance contest.

Candice Dupree led Indiana with 26 points. The Fever (9-19) were missing guards Briann January and Tiffany Mitchell, who were both out with knee injuries.

Stars 83, Dream 68

Isabelle Harrison scored 23 points and San Antonio beat Atlanta, handing the Dream their seventh straight loss.

Kayla McBride and Moriah Jefferson added 14 points apiece and Kelsey Plum had 10 as the Stars (7-22) won for the fourth time in five games after starting the season 0-14.

Brittney Sykes scored 28 points and Elizabeth Williams had 16 with five blocks for the Dream (10-18), who have lost eight in a row on the road.

San Antonio led 23-19 after the first quarter and two baskets by Jefferson in the middle of an 8-0 run pushed the lead to 37-27 late in the second quarter. After a basket Sykes ended the run, the Stars ended the half with a 7-2 run, taking a 43-31 lead at the half.

Atlanta got within nine once midway through the third quarter but trailed 68-54 entering the fourth and never got closer.


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