Sparks lose second consecutive road game to the Sky

Sparks forward Jasmine Thomas attempts a layup against the Sky on Friday night in Chicago.
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Alanna Smith scored 18 points, Courtney Williams got her first career triple-double, and the Chicago Sky beat the Sparks for the second consecutive game, 86-78 on Friday night.

Williams finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists to become the third player in franchise history with a triple-double.

Williams was coming off a season-high 21 points Wednesday in an 80-63 victory over the Sparks to help end the Sky’s six-game losing streak.


Nneka Ogwumike scored 14 points and Dearica Hamby had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Sparks (7-9). Azura Stevens added 13 points, Karlie Samuelson had 11 and rookie Zia Cooke scored 10.

Sparks starter Jordin Canada suffered a shoulder injury in the first half and did not return.

The Sparks, who fell to 2-5 on the road, shot 42% from the field and 31% from beyond the three-point arc.

Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, who is matching her statistics from her 2016 MVP season, has been selected to start in the WNBA All-Star Game.

June 25, 2023

Kahleah Copper added 17 points and Marina Mabrey scored 13 of her 15 in the first half for Chicago (7-9).

Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points for the Sky.

Chicago made 65% of its shot attempts in the first half and scored the first 11 points after halftime to extend its lead to 54-38.

The Sky’s lead was trimmed to 62-58 before they scored the next seven points to take control.


Smith made a three-pointer with 3:32 left in the fourth quarter for an 82-65 lead.