Candace Parker helps Sparks rout Liberty 79-57

LOS ANGELES (AP) Candace Parker had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for her ninth double-double of the season and the Los Angeles Sparks routed the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 79-57 on Thursday night.

Los Angeles (16-11) led by at least eight points from 15-7 on. Minnesota (15-11) was held to its lowest points total since 2011.

Chelsea Gray added 18 points and nine assists for Los Angeles. Nneka Ogwumike had 15 points in 28 minutes in her first game after since July 15 because of a mystery illness that she described as flu-like with extreme fatigue.

Sylvia Fowles led Minnesota with 14 points. Maya Moore was held to eight points on 4-of-7 shooting.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points help Indiana beat Dallas for its fourth victory of the season.

Natalie Achonwa added 13 points, and Indiana (4-23) had a season-high 13 steals. Elizabeth Cambage had 37 points and nine rebounds for Dallas (14-13).