WNBA: Candace Parker registers triple-double to lead Sky over Sparks

Candace Parker set a WNBA record with her third career triple-double and the Chicago Sky beat the Los Angeles Sparks 82-59. Parker finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and accomplished the milestone in three quarters as the Sky decimated their opponents.

Courtney Vandersloot and Azura Stevens each scored 15 points for the Sky (12-5). The Sky led 54-25 at halftime behind 12 points from Stevens and 11 by Vandersloot. Emma Meesseman added 11 points for the winning side.

Nneka Ogwumike scored 15 points and Brittney Sykes added 13 for Los Angeles (6-10). Liz Cambage played 16 minutes and scored six points and the Sparks shot 10 of 40 from the field in a poor offensive performance.

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Sue Bird scored 12 points and matched the WNBA record for victories in a career as the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 71-85. Jewell Loyd hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Breanna Stewart had 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Seattle.

Bird, playing at home for the first time since announcing last week that she’ll retire at the end of the season, tied Minnesota star Lindsay Whalen for the most career wins with 323. Ezi Magbegor scored 20 points and Bird added eight assists for Seattle (11-6).

Delle Donne led Washington (11-9) with 20 points in just 29 minutes. Myisha Hines-Allen had 12 points, and Ariel Atkins and Alysha Clark each scored 11. Washington pulled within 69-67, but the Storm finished with a 14-4 run to win the game.

Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 88-100 Thursday night. Fowles returned from five games absence due to a cartilage injury in her right knee.

Moriah Jefferson scored 21 points for Minnesota (5-13). Kayla McBride and Damiris Dantas each scored 15 points, and Aerial Powers had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, which set a season high for points.

Three Phoenix starters reached double-digit scoring in the first half but they eventyally fell short. Tina Charles finished with 26 points and Diana Taurasi added 23 for Phoenix (6-12). Skylar Diggins-Smith finished with 14 points.

Arike Ogunbowale hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points and the Dallas Wings rout the Indiana Fever 94-68. Ogunbowale shot 6 of 9 from 3-point range added six assists and five steals. She had 16 points in the first half as Dallas led 55-38 at the intermission.

Teaira McCowan had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas (9-9) as the Wings started strong due Ogunbowale’s 13 points in the first quarter, which ended with a 15-point (19-34) lead for the home side.

Marina Mabrey added three 3-pointers and shot 3 of 13 from the field. Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana (5-14) once again with 22 points, and rookie Queen Egbo had her first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

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