- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kristi Toliver tied a career high with seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat Minnesota 94-76 on Friday night, ending the defending champion Lynx’s record season-opening winning streak at 13 games.

Toliver sank a 3-pointer with 4:22 left and Candace Parker had a putback on Los Angeles’ next possession for a 76-70 lead. Parker hit a 3 to extend Los Angeles’ lead to 81-72 and she drew an offensive foul on the other end. After a timeout, Essence Carson made Los Angeles’ fourth 3 of the quarter to make it 84-72 with 2:03 left.

Nneka Ogwumike added 20 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles (12-1). Parker finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Maya Moore was the only starter to reach double figures for Minnesota (13-1). She made six 3-pointers and scored 28 points.

Los Angeles avenged a home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night to remain undefeated on the road.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Diana Taurasi scored 27 points to become the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 7,000 points, helping Phoenix beat Washington.

Taurasi hit a long 3-pointer with 1:08 left in the third quarter to become the third WNBA player to reach the mark, trailing Tina Thompson and Tamika Catchings. Taurasi did it in 348 games, compared to Catchings’ 428 and Thompson’s 460.

Brittney Griner added 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting for Phoenix (5-9). Tayler Hill and Natasha Cloud scored 18 points apiece for Washington (7-8).


NEW YORK (AP) - Tina Charles had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead New York past Chicago for its sixth consecutive victory.

Charles was sporting a clear mask after she broke her nose Wednesday in a double-overtime win over Atlanta. Sugar Rodgers added 13 points for the Liberty (10-4).

Elena Delle Donne had a season-high 31 points for Chicago (6-8). The Sky have dropped four of five.

Both teams wore warm-up shirts in honor of Orlando club shooting victims. The Liberty donated $10,000 to the OneOrlando fund that was set up to support the victims’ families and survivors.

STORM 98, SUN 81

SEATTLE (AP) - Breanna Stewart made five 3-pointers and tied a career high with 29 points and Seattle used a big first half to beat Connecticut.

Stewart was 9 of 15 from the field, 6 of 6 at the line, and had nine rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks. The former UConn star was selected No. 1 overall this year in the WNBA draft.

Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd finished with 19 points apiece for Seattle (5-9).

Alex Bentley scored 13 points for Connecticut (3-11).

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