It was just two weeks ago that the Connecticut Sun edged the visiting Phoenix Mercury despite 33 points by returning hometown hero Diana Taurasi. Then, she had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Taurasi scored 14 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Mercury opened a three-game road trip with a win at Washington.
Breanna Stewart had 22 points and nine rebounds and the Seattle Storm escaped with a 79-78 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Friday night when Kelsey Plum's basket with 0.8 seconds left was ruled a 2-pointer after a review showed her toe on the 3-point line. Alysha Clark made two free throws, and Jewell Loyd one to give Seattle (13-16) a 79-76 lead. Seattle, which beat league-leading Minnesota on Wednesday night, was taking on a Stars team (7-23) that had already been eliminated from the playoff chase but came in with four wins in its previous five games.
The Chicago Sky had little time to rest after an exhausting double-overtime loss Friday to the reigning WNBA champion the Los Angeles Sparks. Friday's 115-106 setback left the Sky (11-17) in ninth place -- 1 1/2 games behind Seattle for the final playoff spot. "We just can't take any steps backward now," Chicago guard Allie Quigley said.