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Sparks hot shooting takes down Dallas Wings 97-87

June 14, 2017 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Los Angeles Sparks News Release

Sparks held the Wings to a new Opponent low in the first quarter with the Wings only scoring 8 points. The first quarter was Dallas's lowest scoring quarter of the season.

The Sparks would finish the night shooting 35-61 for 57.4% from the field. This marks the third game in a row shooting above 50% after shooting 34% versus Chicago on June 6.

Sparks make Staples Center a fortress remaining undefeated at home (4-0).

Sparks guard Chelsea Gray scored 24 points for the second straight game. She shot 8-10 from the field, 1-2 from 3-point range, went perfect 7-7 (tied career and season high) from the free throw line, collected 4 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and a steal in 33 minutes of play.

Nneka Ogwumike had another of 20+ points. Ogwumike played 32 minutes, shot 7-8 from the field, perfect from the line shooting 7-7, grabbed 4 rebounds, and an assist for 21 points.

Candace Parker led the Sparks with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Parker played 28 minutes shooting 7-12 from the field, 3-4 from 3-point range, added a steal and a block for 17 points.

Alana Beard continued her climb up the all-time field goals made leader board with 4 more tonight. Beard shot 4-6 from the field, 1-1 from 3-point range, 1-2 from the free throw line, collected 5 boards, 4 assists, and a steal for 10 points.

Odyssey Sims came off the bench and led the game in steals with 3 in her 22 minutes of play. Sims shot 2-6 from the field, shot 1-3 from the free throw line, collected 4 boards, dished out 3 assists, and a block for 5 points.

Jantel Lavender led the Sparks bench in scoring shooting 5-8 from the field, collected 1 rebound, and 3 assists for 10 points.

The Sparks had 5 players reach double figures tonight for a second straight game.

Dallas responded in the second quarter with 27 points (Sparks Opponent high for second quarter). Allisha Gray and Saniya Chong led the Wings offense with 9 points and 7 points respectively.

Dallas's Glory Johnson had the game high in rebounds with 10 leading to her fourth double-double on the season. Johnson shot 4-10 from the field, 0-2 from 3-point range, 2-5 from the free throw line, dished out 3 assists, 2 steals and a block for 10 points.

Skylar Diggins-Smith played 34 minutes and had the game (and new season high) in points with 28. Diggins-Smith shot 8-15 from the field, 12-13 from the free throw line, collected 6 boards, dished out 7 assists, and 2 steals.

The Wings rookies had another strong night combining for 30 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal versus the Sparks.

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