LOS ANGELES (AP) Candace Parker scored 34 points to spoil No. 1 overall pick Breanna Stewart's pro debut and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 96-66 in the WNBA opener for both teams Sunday.
Parker was 12 of 20 from the field with three 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had four assists and three steals.
The Sparks, ranked sixth in the AP WNBA power poll, scored the first eight points and were rarely challenged.
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Midway through the first, Stewart had her first WNBA basket on a driving layup, but the Sparks led 26-15 after the first. The former UConn star finished with 23 points to lead the Storm.
Seattle, No. 9 in the AP WNBA power rankings, cut it to seven with 5:35 left in the half on Jewell Loyd's pull-up jumper, but the Sparks closed the half on a 19-3 run to take a 51-26 lead.