Candace Parker scored 34 points to spoil No. 1 overall pick Breanna Stewart’s pro debut and the Sparks beat the Seattle Storm, 96-66, in the WNBA opener for both teams Sunday at Staples Center.
Parker made 12 of 20 shots with three three-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had four assists and three steals.
Midway through the first, Stewart had her first WNBA basket on a driving layup, but the Sparks led, 26-15, after the first. The former Connecticut star finished with 23 points to lead the Storm.
Seattle cut the deficit to seven points with 5:35 left in the half on Jewell Loyd’s pull-up jumper, but the Sparks closed the half on a 19-3 run to take a 51-26 lead.