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Tina’s New Best
Tina Charles set a new career-high of 36 points to lead the New York Liberty over the Dallas Wings, 93-89, on Friday. Charles’s new best came during the Liberty’s first game without Epiphanny Prince and Kia Vaughn, who are both overseas preparing for FIBA EuroBasket 2017.
Charles also added 10 rebounds to round out the double-double. The Liberty went undefeated last weekend, defeating the Mercury, 88-72, on June 4 to improve to 4-3.
All Eyes on Taurasi
Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi broke the WNBA record for most career 3-pointers made, passing Katie Smith’s previous record, during the Mercury’s June 1 win over the Chicago Sky. Taurasi drained eight shots from downtown on her way to a game-high 37 points while also cementing her spot at No. 2 in the overall scoring ranks, passing recently retired Tamika Catchings.
Taurasi now stands with another record in reach; the No. 1 all-time scoring mark of 7,488 points set by Tina Thompson.
Show of Strength
The Minnesota Lynx continued their hot start with a convincing win over the Seattle Storm on June 3 to remain undefeated at 7-0. Center Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx with 26 points in the win, as the Lynx hit triple digits for the first time in 2017.
Minnesota’s next test is Friday against Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics in Washington. Get tickets here.
With Minnesota’s win over the Storm, Lindsay Whalen tied Swin Cash for most career wins for a player in WNBA history with 294.
This is Whalen’s 14th season in the league. The three-time WNBA Champion and six-time WNBA All-Star looks for win No. 295 against the Mystics on Friday.
Mystics Get Four-Straight
The Mystics have won four straight games after opening the season 1-2. Washington pulled out two wins against the Sky and one each against the Dream and Sun to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Delle Donne has been hot for the Mystics, leading the team in scoring for three of their latest four wins. Can Washington make it five straight? They go for five against Dallas on Tuesday. Get your tickets here.
Protecting Home Court
Though they have yet to win on the road (0-4), the Fever have been able to stay perfect at home (3-0) this season, led by their new forward Candice Dupree. Dupree has led Indiana in scoring during each win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, most recently putting up 18 points in a win over the visiting Wings.
Pacers center Myles Turner was in attendance for the Fever win.
Sun’s Spark Plug
Courtney Williams recorded a career-high 23 points shooting 10-11 from the floor to help the Sun defeat the Stars on June 3.