AP sources: Moore, Charles given franchise tags
NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Moore and Tina Charles aren't going anywhere.
Two people familiar with the deals told The Associated Press that the former UConn teammates were given the franchise tag by Minnesota and New York for the upcoming WNBA season.
It's no real surprise that the perennial All-Stars won't hit the free-agent market.
Top-seeded Storm beat Wings 84-68 in regular-season finale
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart and Crystal Langhorne had 15 points each to help the Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 84-68 in the regular-season finale for both teams Sunday.
Sue Bird sat out the game and Stewart played just 13 minutes in the game that had no effect on the Storm's No. 1 playoff seed.
Tina Charles given franchise tag by the New York Liberty
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles isn't going anywhere.
The New York Liberty locked in their star center Monday, giving her the team's franchise tag.
"We've designated Tina as our core player, she is one of the most dominant players in the WNBA and has been an outstanding leader for our team on and off the court," Liberty coach Katie Smith said.
Stewart leads Storm to 103-66 win over Sky
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Jewell Loyd and Alysha Clark scored 17 points apiece and the Seattle Storm never trailed in a 103-66 victory over the Chicago Sky on Sunday night.
Crystal Langhorne and Sami Whitcomb each added 10 points for Seattle (14-16). The Storm have won four in a row and are tied with Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot, 2 1/2 games in front of the Sky.
Langhorne’s late basket lifts Storm over Lynx 62-61
SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 16 points and Crystal Langhorne made a go-ahead basket with 11.1 seconds left, helping the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 62-61 on Wednesday night.
Loyd had a shot blocked on a drive but it fell to Langhorne in the lane for a layup to give Seattle the lead. After a timeout, Maya Moore missed a baseline jumper and Sylvia Fowles' putback hit the bottom of the rim.
Mystics beat Fever, Storm defeat Mercury
WASHINGTON (AP) — Krystal Thomas had 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Washington Mystics beat the Indiana Fever 100-80 on Saturday in a WNBA game that was delayed 48 minutes to start the second half because of water on the court.
The Mystics (16-10) were up by 13 at the half when the game was delayed because of a leak in the Verizon Center roof. The teams entertained themselves and the fans during part of the delay by having a dance contest.
Storm hits 10 3s in 98-89 win over Mercury
PHOENIX (AP) — Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd scored 20 points apiece, and the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 98-89 on Saturday night in their first game since Gary Kloppenburg took over as their interim coach.
Crystal Langhorne had 19 points, six rebounds and a career high-tying five assists, helping Seattle (11-16) stop a four-game slide. The Storm went 10 of 20 from 3-point range.
Loyd, Stewart team to help Storm beat Wings 109-93
SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd tied a season high with 27 points, Breanna Stewart had 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, and the Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 109-93 on Friday night.
Stewart topped 500 career rebounds to set a WNBA record for fewest games to reach that mark and also score 1,000 points at 55.
SEATTLE (AP) — Allie Quigley scored 25 points and Keisha Hampton had a season-high 14 to help the Chicago Sky beat the Seattle Storm 94-83 on Tuesday night.
Chicago trailed 31-11 early in the second quarter but got within 42-41 after Tamera Young's back-to-back jumpers to close the half.
Stewart and Langhorne help Storm beat Dream 90-84
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 24 points and Crystal Langhorne added 20, making all nine of her shots, to help the Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 90-84 on Saturday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored a season-high 30 points and the Seattle Storm ended a three-game losing streak with an 89-69 victory over the Dallas Wings on Saturday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored a season-high 30 points and the Seattle Storm snapped a three-game losing streak with an 89-69 victory over the Dallas Wings on Saturday night.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jasmine Thomas scored a career-high 29 points, Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and nine assists, and the Connecticut Sun beat the Seattle Storm 96-89 on Thursday night.
Connecticut led by 17 points early in the fourth quarter but Seattle pulled to 90-89 on Crystal Langhorne's two free throws with 1:19 left. Shekinna Stricklen answered with a baseline jumper and, after a Seattle turnover, Jasmine Thomas made a layup for a five-point lead with 33 seconds left.
Delle Donne scores 25, Mystics ease by Storm 100-70
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, Kristi Toliver made three of Washington's 10 3-pointers, and the Mystics beat the Seattle Storm 100-70 on Tuesday.
Delle Donne was 7 of 10 from the field and hit nine straight free throws as Washington was 26 of 29 at the line.
Washington made five 3-pointers in the first quarter and closed on a 9-0 run for a 29-12 lead. Seattle started the game making just 3 of 14 shots and the Mystics extended their lead to 56-31 at halftime.
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 22 points, a season-high 15 rebounds and a career-best five blocked shots and the Seattle Storm beat the winless San Antonio Stars 75-57 on Sunday night to snap a three-game skid.
Crystal Langhorne added 10 points, and Sue Bird had nine assists for Seattle (6-5).
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Alysha Clark added 17 points, and the Seattle Storm beat the winless San Antonio Stars 85-76 on Tuesday night.
Seattle had a 21-point lead early in the fourth quarter but San Antonio pulled to 75-69 with 2:49 left after Moriah Jefferson's back-to-back jumpers. Seattle responded with six straight points — four by Crystal Langhorne — for an 81-69 lead.
Lynx, Suns and Fever all win
SEATTLE (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting while Rebekkah Brunson made 9 of 10 shots from the field and finished with 21 points as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 100-77 on Saturday.
Lindsay Whalen added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Seimone Augustus had 13 points for Minnesota (7-0). The Lynx have won 10 of 11 games against the Storm (4-2).
SEATTLE (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, Rebekkah Brunson made 9 of 10 shots from the field and finished with 21 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 100-77 on Saturday night.
Lindsay Whalen added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and Seimone Augustus had 13 points for Minnesota (7-0). The Lynx have won 10 of 11 games against the Storm (4-2).
SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie Sami Whitcomb made six of Seattle's franchise-record 14 3-pointers and the Storm closed on a 9-0 run to beat the New York Liberty 87-81 on Friday night.
Whitcomb made four straight 3-pointers in the second half and was 6 of 8 from long range after halftime to set a WNBA record for 3s in a half. She finished with 22 points in just 15 minutes.
SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting in the Seattle Storm's 81-71 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.
Loyd was 3 for 3 from 3-point range. Crystal Langhorne scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half, and Sue Bird added nine points and 10 assists for the Storm (2-1).
Loyd, Stewart lead Storm to 87-82 win over Fever
SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 27 points, Breanna Stewart made several key plays down the stretch and the Seattle Storm turned back the Indiana Fever 87-82 on Sunday.
Stewart, who missed Seattle's season-opening loss in Los Angeles when Loyd scored 25 points, hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:38 to go after Indiana scored eight straight to take a 77-76 lead.
WNBA free agency begins
NEW YORK (AP) — Angel McCoughtry isn't going anywhere when she returns from her break from the WNBA.
The Dream gave the franchise tag to their star player so that when she does decide to play again she'll be in Atlanta. Earlier this month, McCoughtry announced she'd skip an undetermined portion of the upcoming WNBA season. She said she needs rest after playing a continuous year-round schedule with no offseason in Europe and the WNBA for eight straight seasons.
Storm secures playoff spot with 78-60 win over Sparks
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 20 points and eight rebounds to help the Seattle Storm secure a playoff spot with a 78-60 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday night.
The Storm led 49-27 at halftime behind double-digit scoring by Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. Eighth-ranked Seattle started the second half on a 7-2 run, capped by Stewart's 3-pointer, to extend its lead to 27 points and the Storm cruised to their first playoff berth since 2013.
Seattle moves into 8th place in WNBA playoff standings
SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 23 points, Breanna Stewart added 17 points and 12 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 78-66 on Wednesday night to move into eighth place in the WNBA playoff standings.
The Storm led by 15 in the first half but Dallas opened the third quarter on a 10-2 run, capped by Odyssey Sims' baseline jumper, to pull to 43-40. Plenette Pierson sank a 3-pointer to tie it at 52-all late in the third quarter.
Whalen has season-high 24 points, Lynx beat Storm 92-80
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lindsay Whalen scored a season-high 24 points, Sylvia Fowles added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 92-80 on Sunday night.
Seimone Augustus had 18 points, Maya Moore 13 and Jia Perkins 10 for the defending champion Lynx (22-5).
Minnesota trailed 47-41 at halftime, but tied it with a 12-6 run to open the third and pulled away with an 11-2 run to close the quarter up 73-65.
Stars (5-17) atSeattle Storm (8-14)When, where: 2 p.m.Wednesday, KeyArena, SeattleTV, radio: NBA TV, KTKR-AM 760PROBABLE STARTERSStars: PG Moriah Jefferson (5-6, 1st year), SG Monique Currie (6-0, 11th), SF Alex Montgomery (6-1, 6th), PF Dearica Hamby (6-3, 2nd), C Jayne Appel Marinelli (6-4, 7th)Storm: G Jewell Lloyd (5-10, 2nd), G Sue Bird (5-9, 14th), F Alysha Clark (5-11, 4th), F Breanna Stewart (6-4, 1st), F/C Crystal Langhorne (6-2, 8th)RESERVESStars: G Sydney Colson (5-8,...