Ogunbowale, Wings keep Sparks from playoffs, Liberty in

Arike Ogunbowale scored 20 points and the Dallas Wings closed the WNBA regular season on Sunday with an 87-84 win over Los Angeles, which kept the Sparks out of the playoffs, giving the No. 8 seed to the New York Liberty.

Powers scores 27, Lynx keep Mystics out of playoffs

Aerial Powers scored 27 points and the Minnesota Lynx made four free throws in the final 30 seconds to knock the Washington Mystics out of playoff contention with an 83-77 win on Sunday, the final day of the WNBA season.

Plum, Young lift Aces over Mercury

Kelsey Plum scored 23 points, Jackie Young scored on a putback with 4.3 seconds left and Ji-Su Park blocked a final shot as the Las Vegas Aces defeated the Phoenix Mercury 84-83 on Sunday in a regular-season finale.

Sun win 14th straight, defeat Dream

Natisha Hiedeman scored 16 points off the bench, Brionna Jones had a double-double and the Connecticut Sun closed out the WNBA regular season with a 14-game winning streak, topping the Atlanta Dream 84-64 on Sunday.

DeShields scores 30 as Sky pulls away, beat Fever

Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 30 points and Chicago used a 14-4 run to pull away as the Sky beat the Indiana Fever 98-87 on Sunday night in the regular-season finale.

2021 WNBA playoffs: Which teams are in, who can clinch next

With the 2021 WNBA regular season ending Sunday, one playoff berth remains to be claimed. But we know now which four teams will have byes to start the playoffs: the Connecticut Sun, Las Vegas Aces, Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm.

Mechelle Voepel

Loyd ties WNBA record as Storm beat Mercury

Loyd ties WNBA record as Storm beat Mercury

Jewell Loyd tied a WNBA record with 22 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 37 to help the Seattle Storm secure a first-round bye in the WNBA playoffs with a 94-85 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.

Aces beat Sky to clinch second playoff seed

Riquna Williams scored 22 points, Kelsey Plum added 20 and the Las Vegas Aces used a big run to close the first half to rout the Chicago Sky 103-70 on Friday night and clinch the second seed for the WNBA playoffs.

Fowles leads Lynx past Fever, secures playoff bye

Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the second half for a 92-73 win over the Indiana Fever on Friday night, clinching a first-round bye in the WNBA playoffs.

Sykes scores 17 points, Sparks keep postseason hopes alive

Brittney Sykes scored 17 points, Nneka Ogwumike had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Atlanta Dream 74-68 on Thursday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Hayes scores season-high 31 to lead Atlanta past Indiana

Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 31 points, Courtney Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds and the Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever 85-78 on Tuesday night for coach Darius Taylor's first home victory.

WNBA Power Rankings - Wings clinch playoff berth; Sun lock up No. 1 seed

With just one week left in the 2021 WNBA regular season, the Dallas Wings became the seventh team to secure a playoff berth amid a chaotic scramble for the final postseason spots.

Kelly Cohen

Hammon set to have No. 25 raised to rafters by Aces

Becky Hammon never played for the Las Vegas Aces. But the fact they are honoring her at halftime of Monday's game by raising her No. 25 to the rafters in Las Vegas sends a good sign to her about the team and the WNBA as a whole.

- Mechelle Voepel

Storm's Stewart out for rest of regular season

Seattle forward Breanna Stewart, the MVP of last year's WNBA Finals, will miss the Storm's last two regular-season games and be reevaluated prior to the start of the playoffs, the team said Friday.

Mechelle Voepel

Mercury guard Taurasi (ankle) to miss second-straight game

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will miss her second game in a row with a left ankle injury, the team announced Friday. Taurasi last played in the Mercury's Sept. 6 game, finishing with 11 points and six assists.

Kelly Cohen

Sun start on 17-0 run, clinch double bye to semifinals

Jonquel Jones had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun beat the Los Angeles Sparks 75-57 on Thursday night to secure a double bye to the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs.

Why the 2021 WNBA draft class has struggled to make an impact

The Dallas Wings had the top two picks in April's WNBA draft, and the Atlanta Dream had the third selection. When they met twice to open September for the stretch run of the 2021 WNBA season, those games theoretically could have helped decide the Rookie of the Year award. But they didn't.

Mechelle Voepel

Jackson's legacy and the 10 greatest Australian players in WNBA history

It was 1998 and Lauren Jackson was just 17. And as she stepped onto the court, surrounded by some of the best players in the world, she had no idea just how good she could be.

Steve Smith

Storm hit 14 threes in win over Mystics

Jewell Loyd scored 20 points, Sue Bird added 14 points and seven assists and the Seattle Storm cruised to a 105-71 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night. Breanna Stewart gingerly walked to the locker room and did not return to action in the third quarter.

Bird, Taurasi headline WNBA's all-time players list

Ten current players, including five-time Olympians Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, and three players who were three-time MVPs highlight the list of "The W25," which was unveiled Sunday by the WNBA as it celebrates its 25th anniversary season.

Mechelle Voepel

Ogunbowale hits late FTs to seal Wings' victory over Dream

Allisha Gray had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Arike Ogunbowale scored 17 points and the Dallas Wings beat the Atlanta Dream 72-68 on Thursday night.

Collier, McBride help Lynx beat Liberty

Kayla McBride scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Napheesa Collier added 21 points and 14 boards, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty 72-66 on Tuesday night.

Sun's Jonquel Jones, Brionna Jones combine for 53 points

Jonquel Jones scored 21 of her career-high tying 31 points in the first half and Connecticut beat the Washington Mystics 85-75 on Tuesday night for the Sun's ninth straight victory.

Mitchell, McCowan help Fever beat Sparks

Kelsey Mitchell scored 25 points, Teaira McCowan added 15 — including two free throws to cap the scoring with 15.3 seconds to play — and tied her career high with 19 rebounds and the Indiana Fever beat the Los Angeles Sparks 74-72 on Tuesday night.

Parker scores 25 points, Sky hit 15 threes to rout Storm

Candace Parker scored a season-high 25 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Seattle Storm 107-75 on Sunday to complete a two-game sweep.

Mystics' Delle Donne day-to-day

Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne is considered day-to-day and was ruled out for Saturday's game against the Dallas Wings.

- Kelly Cohen
Mystics' Delle Donne day-to-day

Cloud sparks second-half rally, Mystics beat Wings

Natasha Cloud scored 21 points and Shavonte Zellous hit a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds left to cap a second-half comeback in the Washington Mystics’ 76-75 victory over the Dallas Wings on Saturday night.

Williams, Plum lead Aces to win over Fever

Williams, Plum lead Aces to win over Fever

Riquna Williams scored 15 points and Kelsey Plum added 14 and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Indiana Fever 87-71 on Saturday. The Aces (19-7) closed to within a half-game of the Connecticut Sun (19-6) for the WNBA’s top seed to the playoffs.

Diggins-Smith helps Mercury beat Liberty

Diggins-Smith helps Mercury beat Liberty

Skylar Diggins-Smith has been on a tear since helping the U.S. win the gold medal at the Olympics. Diggins-Smith scored 27 points, Diana Taurasi added 19 and the short-handed Phoenix Mercury beat the New York Liberty 80-64 on Friday night.

Copper scores 26 points, Sky rally to beat Storm

Kahleah Copper matched her career high with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting and the Chicago Sky rallied to beat the Seattle Storm 73-69 on Friday night.

Joneses lead Sun past Sparks for 7th straight win

Brionna Jones scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half, Jonquel Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Connecticut beat the Los Angeles Sparks 76-72 on Thursday night for the Sun's seventh straight victory.

Aces secure Laimbeer's 300th career victory

A'ja Wilson bounced back from one of the worst games of her career with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help the Las Vegas Aces beat the Atlanta Dream 78-71 on Thursday night for coach Bill Laimbeer's 300th career victory.

Ogunbowale, Wings beat shorthanded Mystics

Arike Ogunbowale scored 29 points with nine assists, Isabelle Harrison had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Dallas Wings beat the shorthanded Washington Mystics 82-77 on Thursday night.

Delle Donne exits game, removal 'precautionary'

Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was pulled after just 12 minutes of play Thursday night due to "precautionary" reasons, coach Mike Thibault said after his team's 82-77 loss to the Dallas Wings.

- Kelly Cohen

WNBA playoff race to be a furious fight to the finish

With the last day of the WNBA regular season fast approaching, the playoff race is as tight as ever. With all 12 teams jockeying for spots in the standings, determining the eight teams that will advance to the postseason promises to be a furious fight to the finish.

Brianne Spiker

Diggins-Smith, Griner lead Mercury past Liberty

Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 27 points, Brittney Griner added 26, including her third dunk of the season, and Phoenix beat the New York Liberty 106-79 on Wednesday night for the Mercury's fifth straight victory.

Sun beat Aces in heavyweight showdown

Briann January scored a season-high 19 points, DaWanna Bonner added 18 and the Connecticut Sun clinched a playoff berth with a 76-62 win over the Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday night in a showdown between the top two WNBA teams.

Quigley, Parker lead Sky past Dream

Allie Quigley scored 21 points and Candace Parker added 18 to help the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 86-79 on Tuesday night.

Stewart stars as Storm run past Mystics

Breanna Stewart had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks and the Seattle Storm used a late run to beat the Washington Mystics 85-78 on Sunday, spoiling two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne's return.

Stewart stars as Storm run past Mystics

Delle Donne has 'amazing' return for Mystics

Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault said it was "like Christmas" less than two hours before two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne returned to play in her first WNBA game since October 2019 on Sunday.

- Kelly Cohen

Clarendon, Dangerfield lead Lynx past Sky

Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points, Crystal Dangerfield had nine of her 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 101-95 on Saturday night.

Loyd's 29 points lead Storm last Liberty

Jewell Loyd scored 29 points and Breanna Stewart added 19 to help the Seattle Storm rout the New York Liberty 99-83 on Friday night.

Fever rally, steal win from Wings

Danielle Robinson converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 7.2 seconds left and the Indiana Fever rallied to beat the Dallas Wings 83-81 on Friday night.

Bonner's season-high leads Sun past Lynx

DeWanna Bonner scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun beat the Minnesota Lynx 82-71 on Thursday night.

Sparks beat Dream on putback buzzer-beater

Nneka Ogwumike had a putback of a missed 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left to help the Los Angeles Sparks edge the Atlanta Dream 66-64 on Thursday night.

Griner's big night helps Mercury over Mystics

Brittney Griner had 30 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Washington Mystics 77-64 on Thursday night.

How will Delle Donne's return affect the WNBA playoff race?

When last we saw Elena Delle Donne on court, the two-time WNBA MVP had led the Washington Mystics to the 2019 championship, despite three bulging discs in her back.

Liberty overcome 35 from Lloyd to edge Storm

Liberty overcome 35 from Lloyd to edge Storm

Betnijah Laney scored 17 points, including the go-ahead basket from the top of the key with 17.6 seconds left, to lift the New York Liberty to an 83-79 victory over the short-handed Seattle Storm on Wednesday night.

Jones' double-double helps Sun snap Lynx's 8-game win streak

Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points, Jonquel Jones had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Connecticut beat Minnesota 72-60 on Tuesday night to snap the Lynx's eight-game winning streak.

Plum’s second half sparks Aces comeback over Mystics

Kelsey Plum scored 21 of her 24 points in the second half, A’ja Wilson had 19 points, 14 rebounds and five assists and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Washington Mystics 93-83 on Tuesday night to spoil Tina Charles’ ninth 30-point game.

Gray, Ogunbowale lead Dallas past Chicago

Allisha Gray had 20 points and Arike Ogunbowale scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half to help the Dallas Wings beat the Chicago Sky 80-76 on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles holds off Atlanta in overtime

Brittney Sykes scored 17 points to lead six Los Angeles players in double figures, and the Sparks beat the Atlanta Dream 85-80 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Fowles, Collier lead Lynx to win over Liberty

Sylvia Fowles had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, Napheesa Collier added 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and the Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty 88-78 on Sunday night.

Jones has 19 points and 15 rebounds, Sun top Wings

Jonquel Jones had 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Dallas Wings 80-59 on Sunday.

Ogwumike returns, helps Sparks beat Fever

Ogwumike returns, helps Sparks beat Fever

Nneka Ogwumike had 12 points in her return from a knee injury to help Los Angeles beat the Indiana Fever 75-70 on Sunday night in the Sparks' first game at Staples Center since September 2019.

Copper, Quigley lead Sky to OT win over Storm

Kahleah Copper scored 19 points, Allie Quigley hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Seattle Storm 87-85 in overtime Sunday.

Bird sees no hypocrisy in WNBA players staying on court for anthem at Olympics

Bird sees no hypocrisy in WNBA players staying on court for anthem at Olympics

Sue Bird sees no contradiction with the U.S. team staying on the court during the national anthem at the Olympics. It's a change for the four-time Olympic gold medalist and her WNBA teammates. During the WNBA season, players usually leave the court to raise awareness for social justice before the anthem is played at games.

Petersen steps down as interim coach of Dream for health reasons

Atlanta Dream interim head coach Mike Petersen stepped down because of health reasons Saturday night and will be replaced by assistant Darius Taylor.

Report: Ogwumikes, Williams file appeal to FIBA

Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams have sent a letter to the secretary general of FIBA, challenging the organization's rulings on their application to play for the Nigerian national team at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, sources told ESPN.

Ramona Shelburne

Sky's Quigley wins third career three-point contest

Allie Quigley again showed the WNBA why she was a two-time 3-point contest winner, barely missing a shot Wednesday night at the All-Star Game challenge.

Kelly Cohen