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WNBA: Tina Charles superb as Washington Mystics defeat Chicago Sky

Tina Charles elevated her all-time lead in 30-15 video games with 34 factors and 17 rebounds, together with the game-tying layup on the buzzer of regulation, and the Washington Mystics defeated the Chicago Sky 89-85 in additional time on Saturday night time at Wintrust Enviornment in Chicago.

Natasha Cloud (seven factors, 11 assists, 5 rebounds) made a layup 46 seconds into additional time and Charles adopted with a triple to make it 87-82 with 3:43 to go.

A Stefanie Dolson inside make reduce the Sky’s deficit to a few with 14 seconds remaining, however Charles made a free throw two seconds later and Candace Parker’s missed three with one second left wouldn’t have even tied the sport.

The Mystics (8-10) led by 9 after one and by eight coming into the fourth. Their capability to carry on and win was wanted to snap a four-game shedding streak. Chicago (10-10) has misplaced two in a row.

Charles upped her season scoring common to 26.3, a full level forward of Diana Taurasi’s document set in 2006. She additionally upped her rebounding common to 10, which is tied with Sylvia Fowles for second within the league.

Ariel Atkins (14 factors, 5 assists) tried a 3-point shot that will have gained the sport on the finish of regulation however missed and Charles cleaned it as much as drive additional time.

Washington’s Theresa Plaisance was good for 10 factors, eight rebounds and three assists. A pair gamers who’ve been on the perimeter of remaining within the league, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Megan Gustafson, had been additionally key to the successful trigger. Walker-Kimbrough, who was a key member of the 2019 Mystics workforce that gained the championship, notched 12 factors in simply her third recreation of the season and second with Washington. Gustafson added 5 factors and 9 boards.

Within the first half of the fourth, Chicago’s Allie Quigley (16 factors) went on a 5-0 run that reduce Washington’s result in 5. Dolson (20 factors, six rebounds) would go on to attain eight of the Sky’s 20 fourth-quarter factors, together with go-ahead buckets at 37 and 4 seconds remaining. Additionally within the fourth, Candace Parker (17 factors, 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks) snuck in a 4-0 particular person run that gave Chicago its first lead of the body at 78-77 with 1:03 to go.

Courtney Vandersloot recorded 13 factors and 15 assists in defeat.

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