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Leilani records 9 assists in WNBA opener

NEW YORK -- Former Kennewick star Leilani Mitchell dished out a game-high nine assists and Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points as the host New York Liberty beat the Chicago Sky 85-82 in their WNBA season opener.

It was Mitchell's third career start for the Liberty. The 24-year-old point guard played 25 minutes and commited just one turnover. Her only points came on a 3-pointer.