Nneka Ogwumike and Brittney Sykes lead Sparks to big road win over Storm

Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike shoots a free throw against the Chicago Sky.
Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, shown her shooting a free throw against the Chicago Sky on May 6, finished with 24 points in an 85-77 win over the Seattle Storm on Saturday.
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Nneka Ogwumike scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures and the Sparks clamped down in the fourth quarter to beat the Seattle Storm 85-77 on Saturday night.

Ogwumike hit 12 of 18 shots from the floor for the Sparks (7-10).

Katie Lou Samuelson added 17 points for the Sparks, who outscored Seattle 17-9 in the final period. Brittney Sykes finished with 15 points and eight assists. Kristi Toliver scored 11.


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Breanna Stewart had 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks to pace Seattle (11-7). Ezi Magbegor scored 16 and blocked three shots before fouling out. Gabby Williams scored 11.

Stewart hit her first three three-point attempts as the Storm jumped out to a 19-7 lead early.

Toliver scored the final four points in a 29-point second quarter and the Sparks led 49-43 at halftime.