Tina Charles increased her all-time lead in 30-15 games by 34 points and 17 rebounds, including the game that was tied, and the Washington Mystics defeated the Chicago Sky. 89-85 overtime Saturday night at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
Natasha Cloud (seven points, 11 assists, five rebounds) made a serve 46 seconds overtime and Charles followed with a triple point to make it 87-82 with a 3:43 lead.
A Stefanie Dolson inside overcame Sky’s deficit by three seconds, but Charles made a free throw two seconds later and missed Candace Parker’s try with one second left would not have even leveled the game.
The Mystics (8-10) led by nine to one and eight entered the fourth. Their ability to hold on and win was necessary to reach a losing streak of four games. Chicago (10-10) lost two in a row.
Charles increased her season by an average of 26.3 points, a full point ahead of Diana Taurasi’s record set in 2006. She also raised her rebound average to 10, which is tied with Sylvia Fowles for second place in the league.
After Charles scoring the first 30/15 games in WNBA history earlier this season (June 19 and June 22), Charles now has a set of rugby games again with 30+ PTS and 15+ REB (July 3) and July 10) .
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Ariel Atkins (14 points, five assists) tried to have a three-point shot that would win the game at the end of regulation, but missed, and Charles cleared it to force overtime.
Theresa Plaisance of Washington was good for 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists. A few players who were on the verge of staying in the league, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Megan Gustafson, were also the key to the winner. Walker-Kimbrough, who was a key member of the 2019 Mystics team that won the championship, scored 12 points in just her third game of the season and second with Washington. Gustafson added five points and nine boards.
In the first half of the fourth series, Chicago’s Allie Quigley (16 points) ran a 5-0 run that reduced Washington’s lead to five. Dolson (20 points, six rebounds) will score eight of Sky’s fourth quarter points, including the 37 – bucket and four seconds left. Also in fourth place was Candace Parker (17 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks) in a 4-0 individual run that gave Chicago its first lead at 78-77 with 1:03 to go . .
Courtney Vandersloot scored 13 points and 15 assists as a defeat.