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WNBA: Wings end Mercury’s three-game winning streak

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Arike Ogunbowale scored 22 points and the visiting Dallas Wings held off the Phoenix Mercury 85-81 on Tuesday night.

Marina Mabrey added 14 points and Satou Sabally had 11 for the Wings (4-5) in the middle game of a five-game road trip that continues Friday with a rematch against the Mercury, who beat them 89-85 on May 29 in Dallas.

Brittney Griner had 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Mercury (5-4), who saw their three-game winning streak end. Skylar Diggins-Smith added 22 points and Megan Walker had 10.

Kayla Thornton’s 3-pointer started the fourth-quarter scoring and gave Dallas a 64-61 lead.

Phoenix got within a point three times before Ogunbowale’s 3-pointer, Thornton’s jumper and Sabally’s two free throws gave the Wings a 76-68 lead with 2:49 remaining.

Kia Nurse made two free throws for the Mercury, but Ogunbowale answered with a jumper and Sabally added a 3-pointer for an 81-70 lead.

Diggins-Smith made a layup and technical free throw to pull Phoenix within 81-79 with 30 seconds left, but Mabry responded with a driving layup.

Walker’s two free throws pulled the Mercury within two, but Ogunbowale made two free throws with 6.9 seconds left.

Griner scored the Mercury’s first five points of the third quarter and added a layup and an assist to pull Phoenix within 47-46.

Diggins-Smith’s 3-pointer helped the Mercury take a 56-54 lead before the score was tied three times, including a 61-all deadlock at the end of the third quarter.

There were five lead changes and two ties before Dallas grabbed a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Ogunbowale had eight points as the only Wing starter to score in the period, but the bench added 11 points.

The Mercury got as close as three points early in the second quarter before the Wings built the lead to nine on two occasions.

Nurse’s basket completed the second-quarter scoring and trimmed Dallas’ lead to 42-35 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

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