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Nneka Ogwumike sets shooting record as Sparks improve to 9-0 by clipping the Wings

Nneka Ogwumike sets shooting record as Sparks improve to 9-0 by clipping the Wings
Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) tries to score against Wings forward Glory Johnson in the first half Saturday. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Nneka Ogwumike scored 32 points, setting a WNBA record by making all 12 of her shots, and the Los Angeles Sparks remained unbeaten with a 97-73 win over the Dallas Wings on Saturday night.

Ogwumike was perfect on seven free throws and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Sparks (9-0), ranked second in the AP WNBA power poll. Los Angeles also started 9-0 in 2001 and 2003.

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Ogwumike surpassed the WNBA mark of perfection set by Minnesota's Seimone Augustus, who was 11 for 11 from the field against the Sparks on June 8, 2007. 

"I hadn't actually realized any records, personal or historical, had been broken until my teammates started congratulating me and pouring me with love until well after the game," Oguwmike said. "That is really what makes something like this achievement so special, my squad. As long as we can keep this train rolling, I'm sure we'll be on the way to continue making this season memorable."

Ogwumike became the second player to have a double-double and hit all her shots and free throws. Indiana's Erlana Larkins did it May 14 against Dallas when she made all three of her field-goal attempts and was eight for eight from the foul line. She also had 13 rebounds.

Skylar Diggins returned to the lineup for Dallas (3-6) and scored 13 points in just her second game as she recovers from an ACL injury she sustained last year.

Odyssey Sims paced Dallas with 18 points and Aerial Powers added 16.

L.A.'s Candace Parker took an elbow to the face in the fourth quarter, left the game and did not return. She finished with just six points, well below her average of 17.8.

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