NEW YORK (AP) — Sugar Rodgers scored a career-high 23 points and the New York Liberty snapped a two-game home losing streak with a 79-70 victory over the winless Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.
Tina Charles added 16 points and Tanisha Wright 12 to help the Liberty (5-4) overcome a career-high 30 points from the Sparks’ Kristi Toliver, making her WNBA season debut after returning from EuroBasket.READ MORE: Report: US Rep. Karen Bass To Run For LA Mayor
Jantel Lavender added 14 points, and Nneka Ogwumike had 13 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for her first double-double this season for Los Angeles (0-7), down to eight players after Andrea Hoover injured her left foot in a game Friday night.READ MORE: On First Day Pfizer's Booster Available For Eligible Adults In LA County, Few Have Turned Up For The Shot
The Liberty never trailed in the final quarter though the Sparks tied it three times, the last with 6:15 to go. A 9-1 run, capped by Kiah Stokes’ layup off an inside pass from Wright, left the Liberty up 72-64 with 2:31 left. The Sparks got within four, but a 6-0 spurt, including four points from Rodgers, clinched the victory.
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