LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike scored 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting and her sister Nneka Ogwumike had 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 77-70 on Friday night.
Derek Fisher, who was named coach of the Sparks in December, got his first WNBA win. The 18-year NBA veteran, who won five titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, went 40-96 as coach of the New York Knicks from 2014-2016.
Chiney Ogwumike was acquired by the Sparks from Connecticut on April 27 in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick.
MERCURY 86, ACES 84
PHOENIX (AP) — Essence Carson scored 20 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to lead all five Phoenix starters in double figures, and the Mercury rallied from 12 points down to beat the Las Vegas Aces on Friday night.
Brittney Griner and Yvonne Turner each had 18 points, Briann January was 5 of 5 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points, and DeWanna Bonner added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix (1-1). Turner also had a career-high 10 assists.
STORM 82, DREAM 66
ATLANTA (AP) — Natasha Howard had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Jordin Canada added 12 points and eight assists, and the Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream on Friday night.
Alysha Clark had 11 points and Mercedes Russell and Jewell Loyd each scored 10 for Seattle. The defending WNBA champion Storm continue to be without reigning MVP Breanna Stewart (out for the season due to an Achilles injury), 11-time all-star Sue Bird (out indefinitely after arthroscopic surgery Thursday on her right knee) and head coach Dan Hughes (on medical leave after having a cancerous tumor removed from his digestive tract on May 14).
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 second quarter and the Dream (1-1) trailed by double figures the rest of the way.