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Reserve Jantel Lavender paced a balanced offense with 18 points to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to their fourth straight win, topping the New York Liberty 85-67 on Saturday.
Lavender finished 9 of 13 from the field and helped put the game away with three corner jumpers in the fourth quarter.
Kristi Toliver scored 10 of her 16 points in the first quarter for the Sparks (16-7). Candace Parker had 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in her second game back after missing three games with a wrist injury.
Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty (9-13) with 22 points and Plenette Pierson added 12.
New York got off to a slow start, trailing 23-13 after the first quarter. The Sparks led 39-30 at halftime.
Lindsey Harding added 12 points for Los Angeles, which shot 52 percent from the field.
Trailing by 10 after the first quarter, the Liberty scored the first four points on inside moves from Kara Braxton and rookie Kelsey Bone, slicing the lead to 23-17.
But the Sparks later outscored th...
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ATLANTA -- Cappie Pondexter set the tone for the New York Liberty.
Pondexter scored 33 points and the Liberty earned an 88-82 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.
Pondexter, the WNBA's third-leading scorer, was irked by New York's 85-67 home loss Saturday to Los Angeles so she spoke up before the Liberty (10-13) took the Philips Arena floor to try and keep her team...
Jantel Lavender scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 74-64 win over the defending-champion Indiana Fever on Thursday night.
Candace Parker added 17 points and six rebounds for Los Angeles (15-7), which won its third straight game.
The Sparks used a 13-0 run to open a 32-13 second-quarter lead at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana...
Cappie Pondexter scored 33 points and the New York Liberty earned an 88-82 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.
Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points and Erika de Souza had a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, but the Dream lost for the seventh time in eight games after a 10-1 start to the season.
Atlanta (11-8) became the last WNBA team to lose at home in falling to 8-1 in...
Key performances from reserve players helped both the Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty to wins in their previous games.
Los Angeles hopes Jantel Lavender can complement Candace Parker as another viable inside option, while more consistency from Alex Montgomery could help New York chase down its fourth straight playoff berth.
The Sparks travel to New York on Saturday, wrapping...