The Sparks needed a win. Nneka Ogwumike made it possible.
With 10.4 seconds remaining in Tuesday night’s game, Ogwumike’s two free throws put just enough distance between the Sparks and a Washington Mystics team who came roaring back late to almost end things in the fourth quarter.
Returning from Texas after a 10-point loss to the Dallas Wings on Sunday, the star forward scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds to give her team a narrow 84-82 victory at the Crypto.com Arena.
On the day that marked two weeks since interim coach Fred Williams took office on June 7, the Sparks ended their three-game losing streak. The poor defense that fueled the slump was greatly improved as the Sparks forced 17 turnovers in Washington and recorded 11 steals, three of them by Ogwumike.
Drafted by the Sparks in 2012, the Stanford forward served as the team’s mainstay amid coaching changes and inconsistencies. With groundbreaking defense and efficient shooting, Ogwumike led the Sparks to a 35-31 advantage in the first half.
Katie Lou Samuelson added 13 points in five-for-10 shooting and center Liz Cambage had nine points and six rebounds.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/sparks/story/2022-06-21/nneka-ogwumike-stars-sparks-win-over-mystics Nneka Ogwumike stars for Sparks in win over Mystics