Nneka Ogwumike scored 22 points and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 84-74 Sunday night. Chiney Ogwumike had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Katie Lou Samuelson also scored 12 points for the Sparks.
Sparks’ Chiney Ogwumike jumper with 1:22 left in the third period stretched the lead to 65-57. Crystal Dangerfield made a three-pointer, Han Xu hit a hook shot and Marine Johannes followed with another three to trim the Liberty’s deficit to 69-68 with 4:42.
However, with Liz Campage making various big plays, she spurted a 10-2 run that made it 79-70 with two minutes to go. Jordin Canada added 11 points and seven assists for the Sparks (9-11), who won consecutive games for the first time since the end of May.
Johannes led the Liberty (8-12) with 17 points and Natasha Howard scored 13. Sabrina Ionescu had 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. She just shot 5 of 18 from the field — including 3 of 12 from 3-point range and registered six turnovers.
Aerial Powers scored a career-high 32 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Las Vegas Aces 102-71 Sunday night. Powers scored the final six points in Minnesota’s 13-0 opening run and the Aces never led.
The Lynx’s star finished shooting 10 of 17 from the field. Moriah Jefferson and Rachel Banham added 13 points apiece, and Sylvia Fowles scored eight points with 11 rebounds and two blocks for Minnesota (7-15).
Kelsey Plum led Las Vegas (15-6) with 12 points. Jackie Young and A’ja Wilson added 10 points apiece. Las Vegas had it lowest scoring affair this season as they’re averaging a league-leading 89.9 points per game.
The Lynx retired the jersey of Rebekkah Brunson before the game. She retired in February 2020 after helping the Lynx win four WNBA championships and is now with the team as an assistant coach.