Digest: Toliver scores 32, hits record 9 3-pointers to lead Mystics to semis
From Sun staff and news services|
Sep 11, 2017 at 1:10 AM
Kristi Toliver (Maryland) scored 32 points, hitting a WNBA playoff-record nine 3-pointers, to lead the Washington Mystics to an 82-68 victory over the host New York Liberty on Sunday. The Mystics will face the Lynx in the semifinals with Game 1 of the best-of-five series in Minnesota on Tuesday night. This is as far as the Mystics have gone in the playoffs since 2002 — the last time they made it out of the opening round of the postseason. Washington was down 13 points in the first half before rallying to 41-35 at the break. Then Toliver took over. She scored 16 points in the third quarter, hitting all four of her 3-pointers in the period. She could only shrug and smile as the fourth one went in to give the Mystics a 57-46 advantage with 2:48 left in the third. She set the Mystics' franchise record for points in a playoff game by the end of the third quarter, passing the mark set by Chamique Holdsclaw in 2002 when she had 26.
Horse racing: Gunpowder Farms' Perdona earned a 11/2-length victory in Sunday's featured race at Laurel Park, a $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and older. Perdona ran a mile in 1 minute, 37.73 seconds over a Bowl Game Turf Course labeled good. Jockey Alex Cintron had a three-win afternoon aboard Chinquapin ($12.80) in the third race, Special Intention ($26) in the seventh and Hell of Afire ($4.80) in the ninth to finish with six wins through the first three days. Live racing returns to Laurel Park with a 12-race program Friday featuring full fields and four races over its turf course to open the Fall Festival of Racing weekend. First-race post time is 1:10 p.m.
Baseball: The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled former Orioles first baseman-outfielder Christian Walker from Triple-A Reno.
National Women's Soccer League:Whitney Church scored in the 75th minute and Mallory Pugh added a goal in the 85th to lead the visiting Washington Spirit (5-13-4) to a 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC (9-11-2) in Piscataway, N.J.
Women's college soccer: Taylor Callahan scored in the 83rd minute to lift visiting VMI (3-5) to a 1-0 win over Mount St. Mary's (3-5). ... Christina Corbi and Erin Stevenson each scored to lead host UMBC (2-4-1) to a 2-0 victory over Longwood (5-3).
Men's college soccer: BarrySharifi's header off GabrielCarlsson's corner kick in the 82nd minute lifted host Loyola Maryland (3-1-1) to a 1-0 win over Villanova (2-3-0) on Saturday night.
College field hockey:Bodil Keus scored in the 48th minute to lead No. 11 Maryland (3-2) to a 1-0 victory over visiting No. 9 Louisville (4-2) on Saturday night.
Women's college volleyball: Freshman outside hitter Erika Pritchard had 14 kills to lead Maryland (9-0) to a sweep of Marshall (3-7) in the final match of the Thunder Invite in Huntington, W.Va., on Saturday night, 25-18, 25-14, 25-12.