Ogwumike helps Sparks edge Fever 77-73
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Alana Beard added 17 to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 77-73 on Monday night.
Ogwumike scored the final four points for the Sparks, who snapped a five-game home losing streak, dating to their last home win on June 24. She slipped behind the defense to take a pass from Kristi Toliver for an open layup and then made two free throws with five seconds remaining for a 77-73 lead.
Beard scored the go-ahead basket at 73-72 on a jumper from the right side. Indiana had chances to tie in the final seconds but Briann January missed twice and Indiana had to foul after it could not secure the rebound on Karima Christmas’ intentionally missed free throw.
Sparks leading scorer and rebounder Candace Parker sat out with a left knee strain.