WNBA: January sparks Fever to fifth straight win
Briann January scored 19 points, Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas added 17 each, and the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 81-64 Saturday night for their season-high fifth straight win.
Catchings also had 10 rebounds for the Fever (17-8), who moved two games behind first-place Connecticut in the Eastern Conference.
Epiphanny Prince scored 22 points to lead the Sky (9-16), which has lost 11 of its last 12. Sylvia Fowles, back after missing two games, went to the locker room in tears early in the third quarter quarter with an apparent injury to her lower right leg. She returned to the bench but did not play, finishing with two points and two rebounds in about 11 minutes.
The Fever missed 10 of their first 11 shots before going on an 18-3 run to take a 45-31 lead at the break.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Essence Carson scored 20 points and Cappie Pondexter added 16 to lead the New York Liberty past the last-place Washington Mystics on Saturday.
Kara Braxton had 14 points, including eight in a decisive 11-0 run in the second quarter, to help New York (10-16) snap a three-game losing streak. Carson shot 8 for 13 from the field and also had six assists. The Liberty moved into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with Chicago, which played at Indiana later. Atlanta is 3 1/2 games ahead in third.
"Every game is crucial at this point," said Carson, who got a rare start after usually being the Liberty's first player off the bench. "We have to think that we need every game. We had to win a game like this, especially with the situation we're in."
Pondexter, bothered by sore Achilles on both feet, believes New York has to win seven of its final nine games to secure a postseason berth.
PHOENIX (AP) -- DeWanna Bonner had 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots to help lead Phoenix to back-to-back for the first time this season.
Diana Taurasi added 25 points and four assists for the Mercury (6-19), who moved past Tulsa and out of last place Western Conference while handing the Silver Stars (17-9) their fourth loss in five games.
Danielle Robinson converted a three-point play with 37 seconds left to cut the Mercury's lead to 88-86, but Taurasi passed to Krystal Thomas in the lane for a basket with 19 seconds remaining to help secure the win.
San Antonio's Becky Hammon was called for traveling on the subsequent possession to end any threat.
Sophia Young had a career-high 32 points and added eight rebounds for San Antonio.