CHICAGO -- Odyssey Sims scored 16 points -- the final two on a game-winning turnaround jumper in the paint with 6.4 seconds left -- to boost the visiting Minnesota Lynx to a 73-72 victory over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday night, July 10.
Five Lynx players finished in double figures, as Napheesa Collier (13 points), Asia Taylor (13), Sylvia Fowles (10) and Danielle Robinson (10) followed Sims. Fowles and Robinson snagged 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively, to finish with double-doubles.
Fowles' double-double was the 150th of her career and moved her to within seven of tying Lisa Leslie for the all-time WNBA lead. Minnesota (9-6) has won five of six after a four-game skid in mid-June.
Chicago's Allie Quigley scored 17 of her game-high 24 points after halftime while swishing six 3-pointers. Her would-be, game-winning 3-point attempt was off the mark as time expired. Diamond DeShields (13 points) and Gabby Williams (12) also scored in double figures for Chicago (7-8). DeShields corralled a team-best nine rebounds.
Robinson swished a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds left in the third as Minnesota took a 56-55 lead after three quarters. Moments earlier, Quigley drilled a 3 from the left wing to punctuate a 14-0 Sky run that put the hosts ahead 55-54.
Another Quigley trey with 3:24 remaining in the game gave Chicago a 69-67 lead, and she drained another with 2:14 left to break a 69-all tie. But Minnesota didn't allow another point, getting a Collier bucket and Sims' jumper to improve to 2-0 against the Sky this season,
The Lynx took their first double-digit lead at 18-7 on an Alaina Coates putback layup with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Chicago remained close despite committing 10 first-half turnovers, using a 9-2 run midway through the second quarter to draw within 33-30.
Minnesota responded with a 7-0 run to regain a 10-point edge, but Williams answered with a driving layup with 3.1 seconds before halftime as the Lynx took a 40-32 lead into the break.
Sims had 10 points at the half for the Lynx, who shot 16-for-39 (41.0 percent) from the field in the first 20 minutes, misfiring on each of their four attempts from long range.
Chicago went 12-for-33 (36.4 percent) from the field in the first half, including 2-for-11 from 3-point land. DeShields, Quigley and Kahleah Copper each had seven points at the break.
Sky rookie wing Katie Lou Samuelson was available off the bench after missing about a month with a broken bone in her right wrist. Point guard Jamierra Faulkner also was activated for the first time since sustaining a torn right ACL in July 2018.