Posted: Sep 7, 2013 10:48 PM
Updated: Sep 7, 2013 10:48 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tamika Catchings had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals to help the Indiana Fever beat the Connecticut Sun 69-60 Saturday night, clinching a playoff berth for the ninth straight year.
Erlana Larkins had 12 points and six rebounds and Jessica Breland added 12 points and nine rebounds for the defending champion Fever (15-16), who have won three of four.
Kelsey Griffin had 14 points and seven rebounds and Tan White had 13 points for Sun (8-23), who lost for the eighth time in their last nine games.
Rene Montgomery tied the score at 44-all before Catchings made two free throws and a jumper to give the Fever a 48-44 lead.
The Fever went on an 8-2 run in the fourth to take a 58-48 lead when Breland hit a free throw with 6:16 left.
LYNX 75, STORM 60
SEATTLE (AP) Rebekkah Brunson scored 19 points to help Minnesota clinch at least a tie for the Western Conference title.
Seimone Augustus had 14 points, Maya Moore added 11 and Lindsay Whalen 10 to lead the Lynx (24-7) to their sixth straight win.
Minnesota can secure its third straight conference title outright with its next win or loss by second-place Los Angeles. The Lynx play the Storm here again Tuesday night and then visit Los Angeles on Thursday.
Tanisha Wright scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half for Seattle (15-16).
The Storm, who are assure of a postseason spot, can catch Phoenix for the No. 3 seed, but now trail the Mercury by two games with three left.