Chicago Sky improve to a WNBA best 18-6 with an 80-68 road win over the Los Angeles Sparks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rookie Rebekah Gardner came off the bench to score 18 points and grab 10 rebounds to lead the Chicago Sky to an 80-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday night.

Gardner shot 8-for-11, had four offensive boards and four assists to help Chicago improve to 18-6, the best mark in the WNBA. Her backup teammate Azurá Stevens scored 14, hitting 6 of 7 shots with two 3-pointers. Candace Parker had 11 rebounds but missed all 11 of her shots and didn’t score.

Nneka Ogwumike had 16 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles (10-14), while younger sister Chiney Ogwumike added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Katie Lou Samuelson and Brittney Sykes scored 12.

Sky trailed 17-16 after one quarter before outscoring Sparks 52-31 in the next two.

Chicago has won three in a row and eight of its last nine, while Los Angeles has lost three in a row.

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