PHOENIX MERCURY

Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles combine for 49 points in Mercury’s loss to Lynx

Jun 23, 2022, 8:05 PM | Updated: 8:05 pm
Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury reacts after scoring against the Minnesota Lynx during the ...
Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury reacts after scoring against the Minnesota Lynx during the first half of the WNBA game at Footprint Center on June 21, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 10 rebounds in her return from an injury and Moriah Jefferson scored 21 points as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 100-88 on Thursday night.

Minnesota (5-13) has won 17 of the last 20 meetings with Phoenix, including an 84-71 victory on Tuesday.

Fowles had been sidelined for five games due to a cartilage injury in her right knee.

She entered averaging 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds in 12 games and was 7 of 12 from the field in 22 minutes of limited action.

Kayla McBride and Damiris Dantas each scored 15 points, and Aerial Powers had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, which set a season high for points.

Jefferson scored 12 points in the first half and Dantas added 11 as Minnesota led 60-48.

Three Phoenix starters reached double-digit scoring in the first half and Skylar Diggins-Smith had nine points.

Tina Charles finished with 26 points and Diana Taurasi added 23 for Phoenix (6-12).

Diggins-Smith finished with 14 points and Shey Peddy added 12.

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