UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Epiphanny Prince had 18 points and four steals and Tina Charles added 15 points and five assists to help the New York Liberty beat the Connecticut Sun 80-66 on Saturday night.

The Liberty (20-8) clinched their first playoff berth since 2012 with an 81-68 home victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night.

Kiah Stokes had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Swin Cash finished with 11 points and New York outscored Connecticut 23-9 in the fourth quarter.

Cash's 3-pointer gave the Liberty a 64-61 lead with 7:15 left. New York closed the game on a 16-5 run as the Sun made just 2 of 9 field goals and committed five turnovers in the final 6:50.

The Liberty shot a season-high 55.9 percent (33 of 59) from the field.

Kelsey Bone led the Sun with 22 points and seven rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen scored 10 points.

Connecticut (12-17) lost its seventh game in a row and 16th in its last 21 after starting the season 7-1.

 

SKY 98, DREAM 96

ATLANTA (AP) Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 98-96 on Saturday night.

Chicago - which qualified for the playoffs with its third win in a row - was without WNBA scoring leader Elena Delle Donne, who missed the game with a foot injury.

Atlanta led 91-90 with 1:45 to go but Erika de Souza scored off an offensive rebound, Jessica Breland hit a jumper and Courtney Vandersloot made two free throws to put Chicago up five with 36 seconds left.

Angel McCoughtry made a jumper, was fouled and made the free throw to cut it to two with 30 seconds. After a turnover, Atlanta had several good looks to tie on the next possession, but McCoughtry missed twice and the Sky held on.

Chicago (18-11) led 52-45 at the break.

McCoughtry led Atlanta (12-17) with 33 points. The Dream had won three in a row.