Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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WNBA: Delle Donne leads Sky in opener

Tiffany Vandersloot made a jumper from the top of the key with 20 seconds left to lift the Chicago Sky to an 80-77 win against the Dream in the first game of their WNBA playoff series in Atlanta.

The game's decisive shot came after officials reviewed a loose ball scramble under Atlanta's basket and then called for a jump ball that Chicago center Sylvia Fowles won over Erika de Souza with 42 seconds left and the score tied at 77.

Delaware's Elena Delle Donne led Chicago with 21 points, though she did not score in the fourth quarter. She scored 14 points in the first half.

Mercury win nail-biter

The Phoenix Mercury overcame the Los Angeles Sparks, 75-72, in Game 1 their first-round playoff series.

Phoenix (30-5) entered the game with best record in WNBA history, the coach of the year, Sandy Brondello, and the defensive player of the year, Britney Griner. It was lucky to leave with a win.

Associated Press
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