Playoff race heating up as WNBA regular season winds down

Aug 6, 2018

The Mystics’ Kristi Toliver staged a one-woman takeover of the Wings. The Sparks’ Candace Parker hit 5,000 points and beyond. The Lynx followed the high of hosting the All-Star Game with a worrisome three-game losing streak. And the travel-weary Aces didn’t play in one game, while their defense didn’t show up for another.

That was this past weekend in the WNBA, which now has two weeks left in a regular season that ends Aug. 19. If you thought things weren’t going to get any crazier, of course they did.

The Aces’ decision to not play the Mystics on Friday after a 24-hour-plus travel saga getting to Washington, D.C., was the overriding news story of the weekend. That was followed by Las Vegas’ 109-88 loss at Connecticut in which the Sun shot 59.7 percent, led by Jasmine Thomas’ career-high 30 points. But while the Aces’ issues dominated WNBA headlines, a lot else went on.

Seattle became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season, riding high with another sellout crowd for Friday’s 85-75 victory over Minnesota. At 22-7

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