NEW YORK (AP) Sugar Rodgers scored a career-best 24 points and Tina Charles added 24 to lead New York to a 79-71 victory over the Dallas Wings on Sunday in the Liberty's home opener Sunday night.
The Liberty (2-0) had the game's first 11 points, including the opening eight by Charles, who added 11 rebounds. They led by seven at the half before the Wings tied it at 43 early in the third quarter.
Dallas (1-1) couldn't ever take the lead and New York scored 13 of the next 17 points to take command. Rodgers hit six of her eight 3-point tries.
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Amanda Zahui B. scored 10 points for New York. The Wings traded her to the Liberty on Wednesday for New York's first-round pick next year.
Dallas was without Skylar Diggins for the second straight game. She is still recovering from an ACL injury that forced her to miss most of last season.
Theresa Plaisance and Odyssey Sims had 14 points each to lead Dallas. Courtney Paris added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
SPARKS 96, STORM 66
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Candace Parker scored 34 points to spoil No. 1 overall pick Breanna Stewart's pro debut and Los Angeles beat Seattle in the WNBA opener for both teams.
Parker was 12 of 20 from the field with three 3-pointers, and had five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
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 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.