Moore outlasts Delle Donne; Lynx beat Sky 87-82
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Maya Moore scored 33 points, hitting six 3-pointers, and the Minnesota Lynx outlasted Elena Delle Donne's strong performance for an 87-82 victory over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night.
Moore hit a 3 just before the shot-clock buzzer with 55.7 seconds left to give Minnesota an 85-80 lead. Chicago had the ball, down three, with 19.7 seconds left but Rebekkah Brunson jumped a pass attempt and went coast-to-coast for a layup to seal the win for Minnesota (15-3), which is ranked No. 2 in the AP power poll.
Delle Donne scored 25 of her season-high 38 points in the first half for sixth-ranked Chicago (7-10). She made 10 straight shots, including an open 3-pointer with 7:33 left in the third for a 58-52 lead. Chicago was up 10 midway through the third quarter before Minnesota rallied.
Sylvia Fowles' putback with 7:20 remaining capped a 10-2 run to open the fourth for a 71-70 lead, the Lynx's first since the opening minute of the third.
Courtney Vandersloot injured her right ankle with 6:57 left in the first quarter and did not return after being helped to the locker room. Her replacement, Jamierra Faulkner, finished with 18 points and seven assists.