Charles helps Liberty beat Sun 89-82

NEW YORK (AP) " Tina Charles had 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the New York Liberty beat the Connecticut Sun 89-82 in the WNBA on Friday to maintain the Liberty's momentum leading into the post-season.

While New York has already clinched the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, Connecticut is on the outside of the postseason looking in. The Sun is sitting in 10th place and will need a lot of help to make the playoffs.

The Sun didn't go down without a fight. Every time that it seemed New York was in control, Connecticut would battle back. The Liberty led by six at the half, and opened up a double-digit advantage early in the fourth before the Sun got within 78-76 with 4:39 left.

New York scored the next seven points, capped by a 3-pointer by Epiphanny Prince to finally put the game away.

Courtney Williams scored a career-high 20 points and Chiney Ogwumike added 20 also to lead Connecticut, which is two games behind eighth-place Phoenix.

Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird scored 17 points apiece and the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 81-76 in a critical showdown between teams battling for the final playoff spot.

The Storm won their third straight on the road to move into a tie for seventh place with Phoenix, a half-game in front of the Mystics in the chase for the final playoff spot.

Emma Messeman led Washington with 15 points.

Briann January scored the last six points of the game from the foul line and finished with 20 points in the Indiana Fever's 95-88 victory over the Chicago Sky.

Erica Wheeler added 16 points and Marissa Coleman and Lynetta Kizer 14 apiece to help the Fever move into a tie for fourth with the Sky and take the tiebreaker advantage. Fourth place earns a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Cappie Pondexter led Chicago with 22 points and Courtney Vandersloot had 15.

Odyssey Sims scored 20 points to help Dallas end a 11-game losing streak with a 92-84 victory over the San Antonio Stars.

Skylar Diggins added 16 points for the Wings, who took control early with an 11-0 run and were up 28-16 after one quarter as Aerial Powers scored five points in the last 24 seconds. It was a 10-point game at the half and the Stars never got closer than eight in the fourth quarter.

The victory was the 100th of coach Fred Williams' career and helped the team earn its first victory since July 5.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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