Gabby Williams scored a season-high 23 points in Seattle’s 81-72 victory over New York Liberty on Sunday in Stormguard Sue Bird’s last regular-season game at home.
Bird, the league’s all-time assistant leader, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the 2022 season. She grew up on Long Island an hour from Barclays Center.
With 18.9 seconds left in the shot clock, Bird sealed the game with a 3-pointer. She continued her follow-through to the admiration of the audience, giving her a standing ovation as soon as she came out of the game. The 21-year-old veteran finished with 11 points.
Liberty honored his pre-game with a four-minute video tribute and presented a jacket and jersey to former teammates Sami Whitcomb and Natasha Howardbird, in which each New York team sewed them.
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ACES 96, LYNX 95
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A’ja Wilson scored 25 points, Dearica Hamby added 16 points in the closing seconds, including 3-pointers, and aces bounced back from a 14-point deficit to beat Lynx.
Kyla McBride hit a 3-pointer and Jessica Shepard scored four points in a 7-2 victory that reduced the Minnesota deficit to 93-91 with a 1:38. Neither team scored again until Chelsea Gray moved with a backward move to get into the lane until they reached the McBride, kicking a wide-open hump for a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Las Vegas five-pointers. The point advantage is 15.5 seconds left.
Shepard lay out 10 seconds later and after making a gray turnover on the Inbounds pass, Shepard drove inexplicably for the layup with 0.4 seconds left to make it 96-95.
Shepherd had a career-high of 22 points in 9-of-10 shooting, a career-best 18 rebounds and six assists for Lynx (3-13).
Fever 89, Sky 87
Indianapolis (AP) – Nalissa Smith top-scored with 26 points in her career – helped clear a 15-point second-half deficit and beat Sky in the closing seconds, including a three-point deficit.
Smith was fouled for hitting a turn-around jumper from the left block and made a free throw to give the Fever an 88-87 lead with 39 seconds left.
With 7.8 seconds left, Chicago lost two shots at the other end before Victoria Vivians was fouled. She made 1-of-2 free throws to give Fever (5-13) a two-point lead.
Shortly after Sky time, Courtney Vanderslute missed a short baseline jumper and the fever continued.
Kahleh has the career-high 28 points for Copper Sky (10-5).
Mystics 71, Sun63
WASHINGTON (AP) – Elena Delle Don scored a total of 15 points in the first half to beat Mystics Sun.
Ariel Atkins and Shatori Walker-Kimbro each scored 10 points for Washington (11-7).
Delle Don converted a three-point game and hit a 3-pointer a minute later to make it 14-9 in the first quarter and Mystics led the way.
Liberty Sabrina Iones made WNBA history with a triple-double in 3 quarters
Connecticut had six points in a row to reduce their deficit to eight after almost -2 minutes, while Alisha Clarke scored four points in a 7-0 spree, making it 38-23 with six minutes left in the first half and the sun could not recover.
Jonquel Jones 15 points and 16 rebounds (12-4).
Wings 92, Sparks82
Arlington, Texas (AP) – Arike Oganbovale hit five three-pointers to end the season with 27 points, while Marina Mabre scored a season-high 21 points and used a third-quarter run to gain control of her 92-82 victory over Wings Sparks. .
Alisha Gray Dallas has 20 points, season-high 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Kyla Thornton added 15 points for Dallas (8-8). The Wings have won back-to-back games after losing four and six in the last seven.
Katie Lou Samuelson struck out a pull-up jumper to give the Sparks a 45-43 lead, but with almost a minute left in the first half Dallas had a half-final seven points – 0.7 seconds left with Gray’s three-point play – to take a five-point lead at the break and the Wings again Did not lag behind.
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Nneka Ogwumike leads Los Angeles (5-9) with 17 points in 6-of-7 shooting and 10 rebounds.