BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Damiris Dantas scored a career-high 28 points including the go-ahead basket with just under five minutes left and the Minnesota Lynx edged Chicago 86-83 Wednesday on a night Allie Quigley became the Sky’s all-time leading scorer.
Dantas made all five of her 3-point attempts but it was a layup that put Minnesota up for good at 80-79. Crystal Dangerfield extended the lead with a three-point play. With 34.4 seconds left, Courtney Vandersloot got Chicago within two and the Sky got the ball back with 17.6 left. But Vandersloot lost the ball driving and Odyssey Sims added a free throw with 3.1 left before Vandersloot wasn’t close with a heave.
Dangerfield finished with 15 points and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan 10 for Minnesota (12-5), which has won six of its last eight games and has already qualified for the playoffs, as has Chicago (11-7). The win gave Minnesota a season sweep of Chicago and the tiebreaker.
Quigley finished with 23 points for 2,939 in her Sky career while going over 3,000 in the league play. She passed Sylvia Fowles (2,927), who has been sidelined for the Lynx with a calf injury since mid-August.
Cheyenne Parker finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Vandersloot, coming off a WNBA-record 18 assists, had 13 points and 12 assists.
Minnesota, which shot 10 of 19 from the arc for 53 percent, saw an 18-point lead cut to two in the third quarter before taking an eight-point lead into the final period.