WASHINGTON (AP) Kristi Toliver scored 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting and the Los Angeles Sparks routed the Washington Mystics 97-67 on Friday night.
Toliver was 5 of 6 from 3-point range.
Jantel Lavender added 12 points, Nneka Ogwumike and Alana Beard had 10 points apiece and Candance Parker had eight points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Sparks (2-0).
Even before Toliver got hot, the Mystics (0-3) were in trouble, making just 4 of 17 shots in the first quarter to fall behind 20-10. Toliver made two 3s in the second period as the Sparks pushed the lead to 12 and had three in the third quarter as the lead stretched to 69-48.
Emma Meesseman had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Washington.
FEVER 94, DREAM 85
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Tamika Catchings scored 14 points and Indiana held off Atlanta.
Indiana was up by 15 after Catchings' free throw with just under 8 minutes to play when Reshanda Gray led an Atlanta comeback. Gray scored the last seven points in a 9-0 run and then had consecutive baskets as the Dream closed to 88-83 with 2:23 remaining. It was still five after Layshia Clarendon's putback with 49 seconds left, but Lynetta Kizer and Tiffany Mitchell each made two free throws to seal it.
Marissa Coleman, Shenise Johnson, Devereaux Peters, Kizer and Mitchell each had 12 points for Indiana (2-1). Clarendon and Tiffany Hayes had 19 points apiece for Atlanta (1-1), and Angel McCoughtry added 15.