LOS ANGELES (AP) Tina Charles had 31 points and 15 rebounds to lead the New York Liberty to a 66-64 win against the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday night, spoiling the coach debut of Penny Toler.
Cappie Pondexter scored 16 points as the Liberty (9-13) snapped an eight-game road losing streak.
Charles scored on a jumper to give the Liberty a 66-62 lead and blocked Jantel Lavender on the Sparks’ next possession. The Sparks pulled to 66-64 when Nneka Ogwumike scored on a baseline jumper. Plenette Pierson missed two free throws to give the Sparks a chance to win or tie, but Kristi Toliver missed a 3-point attempt and Lavender missed the putback.
Ogwumike led the Sparks (10-13) with 23 points and eight rebounds and Lavender had 16 points and eight rebounds. Toler was named interim coach in addition to her general manager duties Sunday after former coach Carol Ross was fired.
MYSTICS 89, SUN 75
WASHINGTON (AP) – All-Star Ivory Latta scored 23 points and Monique Currie had 17 as the Washington Mystics returned home for a victory over the skidding Sun.
Former University of Connecticut stars Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley also scored in double figures for the Mystics (11-13), who last played a home game July 2. They then had five consecutive road games, winning three of the last four.
Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun (10-15). Connecticut has lost nine of its last 11 games.
Latta’s 3-pointer with 6:52 remaining during a 19-4 run gave Washington the lead for good.
Washington is 3-0 against Connecticut this year and has won six of seven since the start of the 2013 season, when coach Mike Thibault joined the Mystics after being dismissed by the Sun.