Thursday, July 11, 2013
TULSA, Okla. -- Candace Parker scored a season-high 30 points and Kristi Toliver added 25 as the Los Angeles Sparks won their fourth consecutive game with a 94-78 romp over the Tulsa Shock on Thursday night.
The win was the first on the road this season for Los Angeles (9-4), which had dropped its first four games away from Staples Center. It was also the Sparks' third win by 16 or more points in their last four outings.
Tulsa (3-12) dropped its fifth straight game and saw its modest two-game homecourt winning streak snapped. Rookie Skylar Diggins paced the Shock with 19 points, including 11 in the first half.
Tulsa's Tiffany Jackson-Jones made her first appearance since 2011. She missed last season while pregnant with her first child. After participating in this preseason, Jackson-Jones missed the first 14 games with a stress fracture in her right tibia. She finished with nine points.
LYNX 69, FEVER 62
INDIANAPOLIS -- Lindsay Whalen had 23 points and Monica Wright added 22 points and nine rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever in a rematch of last season's WNBA finals.
The Fever (4-8) made runs at the Lynx (10-3), but never managed to catch them. Wright and Whalen had plenty to do with that. The backcourt duo scored many of their points in transition off Indiana's 16 turnovers.
Indiana was playing without star guard Katie Douglas, who missed her 10th consecutive game with a bulging disk in her back. Shavonte Zellous led the Fever, who had won three straight, with 14 points.