The Ogwumike sisters combined for 39 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Sparks in their home opener over the Connecticut Sun 77-70 Friday night in front of over 12,000 fans at Staples Center.
Chiney Ogwumike, who was acquired by the Sparks from Connecticut in April, scored 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds while Nneka Ogwumike had 19 points and 15 rebounds to help Derek Fisher get his first WNBA win.
The Sparks went on a 13-4 run at the end of the first half to give them a 38-31 halftime lead and Connecticut never held the lead again the rest of the way.
Jonquel Jones was outstanding for the Sun with 16 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in the losing effort. Additionally for the Sun, Courtney Williams and Jasmine Thomas each contributed 14 points.
The victory evens the Sparks’ record to 1-1 while the loss drops Connecticut to 2-1 on the season.
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