BRIEFS Sparks ignite late in second half, beat Lynx
Mwadi Mabika had 16 points as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 69-58 Sunday.
The Sparks (24-7), coming off an emotional home loss to the Houston Comets, went on a 23-4 run late in the second half.
Katie Smith and Georgia Schweitzer each had 13 points for Minnesota (10-21), which clinched the worst team mark in its four-year history.
Leading by two at the break, the Sparks scored nine in a row to start the second half. Lisa Leslie keyed the run with six points and finished with 13.
"We expected them to have three or four runs, but once they caught back up, we took it up a notch," Leslie said. "In the second half, we did a better job of finding open players and guarding Smith."
Minnesota answered with five three-pointers and took a 47-46 lead with nine minutes to play, before the Sparks' run put the game away.
"Anytime we tried to make a move, they had an answer," Schweitzer said. "They went to a zone defense a few times and changed the way they were guarding Katie and that really affected how smoothly our offense ran."
With the loss, Minnesota is now 1-24 all-time against Los Angeles and Houston, and 51-51 against the rest of the WNBA.
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