INDIANAPOLIS — Tamika Catchings scored 25 points and Spokane native Briann January had 14 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 71-67 Saturday night and secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Allie Quigley scored 17 points to lead Chicago (15-18), and Elena Della Donna had 14 points and seven rebounds. The Sky remained a half-game behind Washington for third in the East.
New York 73, at Washington 61
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Plenette Pierson scored 20 to help the Liberty snap a three-game losing streak and hamper the Mystics’ playoff seeding.
Ivory Latta scored 15 points for the Mystics (16-18), who needed a victory in their season finale plus additional help for a chance at getting the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the opening round.
However, Washington’s loss and Indiana’s win over Chicago clinched the second seed for the Fever.
At Minnesota 80, Tulsa 63
Maya Moore had 19 points and 12 rebounds to help the defending champion Lynx snap a three-game losing streak with a win over the Shock in the teams’ regular-season finale.
Seimone Augustus scored 14 points to help Minnesota (25-9) become the first team in WNBA history to have at least 25 wins in four consecutive seasons.
Minnesota, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, will open the playoffs at home on Thursday night against Los Angeles or San Antonio.
At Phoenix 76, Los Angeles 69
Brittany Griner had 19 points and seven rebounds to pace the Mercury, which can set the WNBA record for single-season victories (28) with a win Sunday in Seattle.
Los Angeles center Jantel Lavender led all scorers with 22.