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WNBA Wrap: Ogwumike sisters shine in Sparks win

Nigerian-American forward Chiney Ogwumike scored 20 points and her sister Nneka Ogwumike had a 19-point, 15-rebound double-double in the Los Angeles Sparks 77-70 win over the Connecticut Sun.

Chiney was acquired by the Sparks from Connecticut on April 27 in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick.

This was the first win with the Sparks new coach and Los Angeles Lakers legend Derek Fisher, who won five titles with the Lakers.

Nneka's three-pointer with 0.7 seconds left in the first half sealed a 13-4 run that gave the Sparks a 38-31 lead at halftime. The Sun failed to close the gap for the rest of the game.

Jonquel Jones had a double-double with 16 points and a career-high tying 22 rebounds for Connecticut. Courtney Williams and Jasmine Thomas each added 14 points.

Jones almost turned the tide hitting a three-pointer that pulled the Sun within one with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter. She also had a three-point play with 1:41 left to make it 69-67. However Chiney Ogwumike answered with a 3-point play of her own and her sister Nneka made a corner three to increase the lead to 75-68 with 40.8 seconds remaining in the game.

Storm blows over Dream

Natasha Howard had a 19-point, 14-rebound double-double, Jordin Canada scored 12 points and dished eight assists to help the Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 82-66.

Alysha Clark had 11 points and Mercedes Russell and Jewell Loyd each scored 10 for Seattle.

Howard hit two free throws before Canada scored back-to-back baskets to spark a 16-4 run that gave Seattle a 25-12 lead with six minutes left in the first half and the Dream trailed by double figures the rest of the game.

Brittney Sykes led Atlanta with 12 points. The Dream shot just 32.9 percent from the field, including 6 of 23 from three-point range.

Mercury down Aces

The Phoenix Mercury beat the Las Vegas Aces 86-84 on the back of Essence Carson’s 20 points and five rebounds, Yvonne Turner had an 18-point, 10-assist double-double, Britteny Griner also had 18 points and six rebounds, Briann January had 16 points and three assists, while DeWanna Bonner with a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double.

The Aces were led by Kayla McBride with 15 points and six rebounds, Liz Cambage had 13 points in her debut for the team, Kelsey Plum and Dearica Hamby combined for 20 with 10 points each, and A’Ja Willson ended the game with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

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