Phoenix Mercury fade late after comeback in loss vs Wings

Phoenix Mercury center Tina Charles (31) shoots from between Dallas Wings’ Allisha Gray (15) and Kayla Thornton (6) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 17, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale hit six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, Teaira Cowans had season highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Dallas Wings beat the Phoenix Mercury 93-88 Friday night.

Isabelle Harrison added 16 points, Marina Mabrey 14 and Allisha Gray scored 11 for Dallas. The Wings (7-8) snapped a four-game skid and won for just the second time since an 85-77 win over the Connecticut Sun on May 24.

Tina Charles had 27 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix (6-10) and Skylar Diggins-Smith added 21 points and a season-high 10 assists. Diamond DeShields scored 14 points and Shey Peddy and Diana Taurasi each hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points.

Make ’em jump, Tina! pic.twitter.com/2kVaruXUvf

— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) June 18, 2022

Charles made a layup midway through the fourth quarter that gave Phoenix — which trailed by as many as 17 points — its first lead of the game at 80-79.

McCowan scored inside on the other end and Taurasi hit a 3-pointer to put the Mercury back in front. McCowan then tied it at 83-all with a layup and hit 1-of-2 free throws before Ogunbowale made a 3 with 2:05 left that made it 87-83.

The Mercury had won four of their last five.

Phoenix will next take on the Minnesota Lynx Tuesday at 7 pm from Footprint Center.

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