Sparks come up short against Dream, 77-75
Rookie Rhyne Howard scored 21 points, including five of Atlanta’s 13 three-pointers, and the Dream held off the Sparks 77-75 on Wednesday night.
Howard made a three-pointer in the corner with 3:07 left in the fourth quarter for a seven-point lead, but Atlanta did not score again. The No. 1 pick in the draft was called for a charging foul with 16.3 seconds left for Atlanta’s third straight possession with a turnover.
After a timeout, the Sparks had two chances in the closing seconds, but Chiney Ogwumike missed a contested layup and Nneka Ogwumike was off on a jumper at the buzzer.
Howard also grabbed eight rebounds. Megan Walker added 11 points, and Kristy Wallace and Cheyenne Parker each had 10 points for Atlanta (2-0).
Atlanta led 40-39 at halftime as both teams shot under 38% from the field. Jordin Canada led the Sparks with 12 first-half points and Howard had 10.
Canada scored a team-high 19 points for the Sparks (2-1). Nneka Ogwumike had 17 points and 15 rebounds for her 80th career double-double and Liz Cambage scored 16 points.