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LOS ANGELES (AP) Candace Parker hit four 3-pointers and finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Washington Mystics 93-82 on Sunday night.

Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and Jantel Lavender added 20 on 9-of-11 shooting for the Sparks (18-1). Los Angeles, ranked No. 1 in the AP WNBA power poll, has won seven straight and needs two wins to tie the 1998 Houston Comets for the best start in WNBA history.

Lavender scored eight points during a 20-8 spurt that gave the Sparks a 76-64 lead with seven minutes and Parker scored nine in a row to make it 88-71 with 3:41 left.

Emma Meesseman had 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for the fourth-ranked Mystics (9-11). Kahleah Copper added a career-high 13 points.


NEW YORK (AP) – Amanda Zahui B. scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and New York never trailed in its win over San Antonio.

Sugar Rodgers added 11 points, while Shavonte Zellous and Tina Charles scored 10 apiece for the Liberty (15-6), who have won three in a row and 11 of their last 12. Carolyn Swords tied her career high with 11 rebounds.

Zahui B. scored eight points during a 16-7 spurt that gave New York its biggest lead, 71-58, with 3:25 remaining.

Monique Currie led the Stars (5-15) with 17 points. Sydney Colson scored a career-high 12 and Moriah Jefferson added 11 points and three steals.

San Antonio has lost eight of its last 11 overall and fell to 1-9 on the road.

DREAM 67, SUN 63

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Angel McCoughtry tied her career high with four 3-pointers and finished with 26 points, and Sancho Lyttle scored 17 and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Atlanta.

Elizabeth Williams, acquired from the Sun in February, added 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Dream (11-9).

McCoughtry hit a 3 to give Atlanta a 64-61 lead with 2:03 left, then had two blocked shots down the stretch. After Alex Bentley's layup pulled Connecticut within one, Lyttle's offensive rebound and putback with 20 seconds remaining sealed it.

Atlanta led by as many as 15 points, but scored just 10 points in the third quarter. Chiney Ogwumike's layup with 5:35 to play gave the Sun their first lead, 59-58.

Alyssa Thomas led the Sun with 19 points. Ogwumike added 11 points, three steals and three blocks.


ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) – Elena Delle Donne scored 19 points, including a late 3-pointer, and Imani Boyette had her second double-double of the season to help Chicago beat Phoenix.

Boyette had 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Allie Quigley added 21 points, Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points, seven assists and three steals, and Jamierra Faulkner scored 11 with seven assists for the Sky (8-11).

Diana Taurasi scored six-straight points – including a four-point play – to cap a 12-0 run that gave the Mercury a 93-90 lead with 1:32 to play. Delle Donne hit a jumper and Boyette made a layup to put the Sky up by one. After Candice Dupree put Phoenix back in front, Delle Donne's 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining gave Chicago the lead for good.

Taurasi led Phoenix (8-13) with 26 points. DeWanna Bonner added 20 points and four steals.


SEATTLE (AP) – Shenise Johnson tied a career high with five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 18 points to lead six Indiana players in double figures.

Tamika Catchings added 15 points, Lynetta Kizer and Devereaux Peters scored 12 apiece and Tiffany Mitchell and Erlana Larkins had 11 points each for Indiana (9-11).

Breanna Stewart's layup late in the second quarter put the Storm up 10 points, but a four-point play by Johnson as the half expired sparked a 15-3 run that made it 55-53 with 5:16 left in the third and the Fever never again trailed.

Stewart converted a three-point play and then made a layup to pull Seattle (7-13) within eight with 3:42 to play, but Indiana's Briann January hit a 3 to spark an 8-0 run that made it 91-75 with two minutes remaining.

Stewart led the Storm with 32 points and 11 rebounds.