Monday, March 20, 2023

OgwMike’s putback helps Sparks edge the Lynx

MINNEAPOLIS ( Associated Press) – Nneka Ogwumike returned her own miss with 7.3 seconds to give the Los Angeles Sparks an 85-83 win over the Minnesota Lynx.

Rachel Banham’s jumper pulled off Minnesota for the second time as well, with 26.6 seconds. The game was also level at 65 after the Lynx erased a 17-point deficit in the first half.

Ogwmike finished with 16 points. Cheney Carter led the Sparks (4–6), who had lost six out of seven points, with 20 points. Liz Cambage added 15 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 13 points.

Sylvia Foules and Ariel Powers both had 15 points for the Lynx (2-7). Augustus was a key player on Minnesota’s four WNBA Championship teams. LSU’s total pick out in the 2006 draft played 14 seasons with the Lynx before spending a year with Los Angeles.

Hurricane 92, Freedom 61

SEATTLE ( Associated Press) – Jewel Lloyd scored 22 points, Gentel Lavender scored a double-double and the Seattle Storm beat New York, a seventh-straight loss for the Liberty.

Brenna Stewart had 14 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists for Seattle, which beat Liberty for the second time in three days despite missing both games in three-player protocol, which also included Sue Bird.

Lavender had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Brian January also had 12 points and Kayla Davis scored 11 points in her first game with the Storm (5-3).

Han Xu led Liberty (1–7) with 13 points.

Sapna 82, Para 54

ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — Christy Wallace had 17 points to score five Atlanta players in double digits as the Dream beat Mercury.

Atlanta’s 28-point margin of victory was the biggest after beating the Los Angeles Sparks 30 in 2015.

Erica Wheeler scored 16 points, Cheyenne Parker had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Rhine Howard had 12 points with six assists for Atlanta (5-3). Ari McDonald finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The Dream never held back, taking a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter and limiting Phoenix (2-6) in the second to take a 50-23 lead at halftime.

Diamond Deshields, the only Mercury player to score in double digits, finished with 23 points. Skylar Diggins-Smith (19.2 points per game) and Diana Taurasi (16.0) – the team’s top scorer – combined for nine points on 3-of-17 shooting.

Phoenix has lost five games in a row.


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