WNBA Wrap: Sparks and Storm get wins
Two games featured in the WNBA last night and saw the Los Angeles Sparks and the defending champions Seattle Storm pull off impressive wins.
Sparks beat Liberty
The first half was a back and forth affair with neither team getting more than a five-point lead. Chelsea Gray's jumper with about 30 seconds left broke a 34-34 contest and gave the Sparks a two-point lead at the half.
Gray scored a career-high 29 points and led the Los Angeles Sparks' rally in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Liberty 78-73 on Tuesday night.
Trailing 69-64 with 4:42 left, the Sparks scored 10 straight points - the last eight by Gray - to take a 74-69 lead with 1:21 left. She made all four of her free throws in the final 23 seconds to seal the win.
Nigerian-American forward Chiney Ogwumike had a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Tina Charles led New York with 21-point, 14-rebound double-double. Her last basket of the game moved her into first place on the franchise all-time scoring list, passing Vicki Johnson with 3,248 points.
Amanda Zahui B. anchored the New York defense. She had six blocks - two short of the franchise record set by Kiah Stokes.
The loss was the 16th straight for New York dating back to last season.
Storm down Lynx
Jewell Loyd scored 19 points, Jordin Canada had a career-high 17 points and seven assists to see the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 84-77.
Alysha Clark added 16 points and Natasha Howard had 12 for Seattle.
Loyd scored 11 points and Clark had 10 to help Seattle build a 49-39 lead in the half. Sylvia Fowles scored 10 of Minnesota's first 16 points and had 14 points at the break before finishing with 16.
Minnesota outscored Seattle 20-10 to start the third quarter, tying it at 59 after being down by as many as 12. The Lynx led 75-74 with 4:12 remaining but the Storm scored the next eight points, led by Canada's steals, to take control.
Napheesa Collier scored 17 points for Minnesota, which was looking to start 4-0 for the third time in four seasons.