LOS ANGELES (AP) - DeWanna Bonner scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to their 14th straight victory, 93-73 over the Los Angeles Sparks last night. Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner each had 18 points and Candice Dupree added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Mercury (20-3), four wins shy of the Sparks' WNBA record of 18 straight wins in 2001.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Dionte Christmas. The former Temple player averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 6.4 minutes in 31 games last season as a rookie. He averaged 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in five summer league games this month in Las Vegas. Before joining the Suns, Christmas played in Israel, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Greece, Russia and Italy.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Dale Schlueter, a member of the Portland Trail Blazers for their inaugural 1970-71 season, died yesterday after battling cancer. He was 68. A Washington native who played at Colorado State, Schlueter averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in seven NBA seasons with San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Buffalo and Phoenix.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Cindy Ha beat qualifying medalist Angel Yin 2 and 1 yesterday at Forest Highlands to reach the U.S. Girls' Junior quarterfinals. After a delay for lightning at the Meadow Course, the 17-year-old Ha won the par-4 15th with a birdie and the par-4 16th with a par to take a 2-up lead and finished off the long-hitting Yin with a par for a halve on the par-3 17th.
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