WNBA Note: The league has fined Tina Thompson of the Houston Comets $500 for pushing the Mystics' Stacey Dales-Schuman to the floor during Washington's 75-63 victory Sunday.
About two minutes into the second half, Thompson shoved Dales-Schuman after the two got tangled up while battling for position under the basket. Players moved quickly to separate the two and play continued. Neither player was assessed a technical foul nor ejected.
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Sally Jenkins: The Mystics are playing better without Chamique Holdsclaw.
SUN 81, STING 67: Visiting Connecticut clinched a playoff spot for the second straight season behind Nykesha Sales's season-high 28 points.
Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun (17-15), which moved into sole possession of first place in the tightly bunched Eastern Conference.
"We're in the playoffs now, but we want to finish first in the conference to get home-court advantage," Sales said. "Before the [Olympic] break we weren't playing that well."
Tammy Sutton-Brown tied a career high with 22 points, and Allison Feaster and Tynesha Lewis added 15 apiece for Charlotte. The Sun, which holds the tiebreaker edge over every other team in the East, shot 53 percent in its fourth straight win. Connecticut owns the best conference record (13-5).
STORM 73, MERCURY 58: Lauren Jackson had 25 points, and Sue Bird added eight points and eight assists as host Seattle clinched second place in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Storm trailed Phoenix 30-27 at halftime. Diana Taurasi had 20 points for Phoenix.