WNBA: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm eke in front of Connecticut Sun

The Seattle Storm claimed their second straight three-point overtime victory on Tuesday night as a Breanna Stewart triple with 2:37 left in extra frame turned out to be the difference after Connecticut Sun’s Jasmine Thomas returned the ball when his team had a chance to tie it with 3.9 ticks remaining.

Stewart’s three made it 90-84. Jonquel Jones responded with a trey a minute and 27 seconds later and his 28 points and 13 rebounds almost kept the Sun undefeated.

J. Thomas missed a 3 point that would have tied him with 39.2 seconds to go. This gave Seattle the chance to make it a two-possession game while allowing less of a shot clock on the clock. But Brionna Jones blocked a Mercedes Russell shot with 16.7 seconds left, giving Connecticut one more possession with a chance to equalize.

It was then that J. Thomas resumed his dribble and was forced to pass inside B. Jones and it escaped him. The storm held on to win 90-87 at Angel of the Wings Arena.

Seattle opened overtime in an 8-0 run behind two threes for Sue Bird, who led her team with 21 points. Stewart was good for 17 points and 12 rebounds and Jewell Loyd had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Brionna Jones assisted J. Jones with 19 points and six tables in the loss.

DiJonai Carrington scored the first and only bench point for the Sun on a reverse layup that tied the game with 15.3 seconds left in regulation. The Storm led by six with 3:01 to go.

Seattle looks good at 4-1. They are in third place behind the Sun and Liberty, both 5-1.

The Storm beat Dallas 100-97 in overtime on Saturday.

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Washington Mystics (2-3) vs. Indiana Fever (1-5), 85-69

Tina Charles notched her third straight game by 30 points, increasing her season average to 26.2, 2.2 points ahead of Breanna Stewart for the WNBA lead. And, as our Cat Ariail pointed out in her Mystics preview on Tuesday, it would be by far the best scoring average for a player 32 or older in WNBA history if the season ended today (3.5 early the 22.7 points of Cynthia Cooper at 35 in 1998).

Myisha Hines-Allen backed Charles with 15 points and 10 rebounds after being held scoreless in Washington’s loss to Indiana on Sunday. Ariel Atkins scored 18 points and distributed four assists for a Mystics team that was up 49-35 at the break.

Jessica Breland, who was Fever’s best player in both games against the Mystics, had 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks in the loss.

Atlanta Dream (2-2) on Chicago Sky (2-2), 90-83

Dream maintained at least a seven-point lead throughout the fourth and were led by 26 points from Tiffany Hayes. Courtney Williams added 18 points and she and Hayes combined to go 6 of 9 from distance.

It was Dream’s second consecutive victory and Sky’s second consecutive loss.

Kahleah Copper led Chicago with 21 points while Diamond DeShields had 17 points and nine rebounds.

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