Sparks fall to Connecticut Sun, finish season-opening trip 2-2

Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike brings the ball up the court against the Chicago Sky on May 6, 2022, in Chicago.
Forward Nneka Ogwumike, pictured May 6, had 12 points and five steals Saturday night, but the Sparks lost 77-60 to the Connecticut Sun to finish a season-opening trip 2-2.
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Alyssa Thomas had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and the Connecticut Sun defeated the Sparks 77-60 on Saturday night.

Jonquel Jones added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Sun (1-1) in their home opener. Dijonai Carrington contributed 13 points and three steals, and Brionna Jones finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Nneka Ogwumike and Jordin Canada each scored 12 points for the Sparks, who lost their second in a row and finished a season-opening four-game trip 2-2. The Sparks were coming off a 77-75 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday.


The Sparks had two chances to tie the score in the final seconds but fell short 77-75 on the road against the Atlanta Dream on Thursday.

May 11, 2022

Liz Cambage added 10 points for the Sparks, who shot just 35.2% from the field. They will host the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday night in their home opener at Arena.

The Sun led 26-14 after the first quarter and 49-25 at the half.

Connecticut had the WNBA’s top regular-season record last season at 26-6 before falling to eventual champion Chicago in the semifinals.