New York Liberty
The Mystics will face second-seeded Atlanta in a three-game conference semifinal series.
New York (11-19) now trails fourth-place Indiana by three games with four games to play.
Business Insider’s survey revealed that New York has the best sports fans. The Empire State got 193 of 1,442 votes, good enough for 13 percent. But participants of the survey also voted that New York has the worst sports fans.
New York got off to a slow start, trailing 23-13 after the first quarter. The Sparks led 39-30 at halftime.
Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points to lead New York (5-7), which has lost five of its last six games.
The Liberty had three chances after Johnson’s go-ahead basket, but Katie Smith missed two three pointers, and Pondexter missed another shot.
Cappie Pondexter and Plenette Pierson scored 17 points, leading the Liberty past Atlanta 76-67 for the Dream’s first loss this season.
Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer says he plans to start veteran forward Katie Smith in Carson’s place and rookie Toni Young could see more playing time.
New York Liberty defeated the Tulsa Shock, 91-74, on Saturday at the Prudential Center, closing out the regular season for the home team.
Trailing by nine points with about nine minutes remaining, a loss to last place Washington could have dealt a serious blow to the New York Liberty’s playoff chances.
Essence Carson scored 20 points and Cappie Pondexter added 16 to lead the New York Liberty past the last-place Washington Mystics 79-73 on Saturday.
Tina Charles had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 85-74 victory over the New York Liberty on Saturday night.
The San Antonio Silver Stars beat the New York Liberty 94-81 Sunday.
Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points and Sancho Lyttle added 19 to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 74-64 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Liberty, playing their fourth game in seven days.