Aces remain in hunt for top seed with win over Fever

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 22 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, Jackie Young added 17 points and seven assists and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Indiana Fever 92-86 on Tuesday night.

Second-place Las Vegas (15-4) is a game behind Seattle for the top seed in the playoffs. The two teams play on Sunday in the season finale. The Aces are also a half-game in front of Los Angeles for the second spot. The Aces play the Sparks on Saturday.

Angel McCoughtry scored 15 points and Dearica Hamby had 13 for Las Vegas, which led by 20 points before holding off the charging Fever (5-15)., who were eliminated from postseason contention.

MYSTICS 89, LYNX 86

Myisha Hines-Allen had 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Tianna Hawkins made four straight free throws in the final eight seconds and the defending WNBA champion Mystics beat the Lynx to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Washington (6-13), which has won two of its last three following a five-game losing streak, is one-game behind the Dallas Wings for the final playoff spot with three games to play.

Ariel Atkins gave Washington a 85-78 lead with 2:06 remaining, but Minnesota scored the next six points before Hawkins sealed it at the free-throw line.

Emma Meesseman and Atkins each scored 18 points for Washington. Leilani Mitchell had 10 assists and Hawkins finished with 14 points in 17 minutes.

Napheesa Collier had 21 points and 11 rebounds and rookie Crystal Dangerfield added 20 points and seven assists for Minnesota (13-7). Odyssey Sims scored 17 points and Damiris Dantas had 14.

SPARKS 96, LIBERTY 70

Nneka Ogwumike had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Riquna Williams also scored 20 points and the Sparks beat the Liberty.

The Sparks (15-5) remained in the hunt for a top-two seed in the postseason.

Candace Parker had eight points, four rebounds and four assists in the first quarter as Los Angeles built a 25-12 lead. The Sparks used a 26-15 third quarter to take a 22-point lead into the fourth.

Jocelyn Willoughby scored 21 points, making all five of her 3-pointers, for New York (2-17), which has lost five straight.

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