Los Angeles hosts New York following Stewart’s 25-point showing
The Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 87-79 after Breanna Stewart scored 25 points
Los Angeles Sparks (9-16, 6-10 Western Conference) at New York Liberty (19-6, 11-3 Eastern Conference)
Tuesday, 10 p.m. Eastern Time
The Fanduel Sportsbook WNBA line is Liberty -8.5; the over/under is 166.5.
Breanna Stewart scored 25 points in the Liberty’s 87-79 win over the Los Angeles Sparks.
Jordin Canada averages 5.9 assists per game for the Sparks, who are 7-7 at home. Los Angeles ranks eighth in the WNBA with 18.8 assists per game.
In road games, the Liberty are 9-2. New York scores 34.5 points per game in the paint, led by Stewart’s 8.2 points per game.
In their last meeting on July 30, the Liberty won 87-79 led by 25 points from Stewart, while the Sparks were led by 21 points from Dearica Hamby.
Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 19.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals for the Sparks. Azura Stevens is averaging 12.6 points for Los Angeles over the last 10 games.
Over the last 10 games, Stewart has averaged 23.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists for the Liberty. Sabrina Ionescu has averaged 18.4 points for New York.
Sparks are 2-8 in their last 10 games, averaging 78.4 points, 30.5 rebounds, 17.8 assists, 7.9 steals, and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 42.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 86.7 points.
The Liberty Lions are 8-2, averaging 91.0 points, 39.1 rebounds, 24.4 assists, 5.3 steals, and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. They have averaged 85.9 points against their opponents.
The Sparks are without Chiney Ogwumike (foot), Nia Clouden (knee), Karlie Samuelson (knee), and Katie Lou Samuelson (personal).
Stefanie Dolson is out (ankle).
Based on data from Sportradar and technology provided by Data Skrive, the Associated Press created this story.
Liberty beats the Sparks 76-69 behind 20 points from Vandersloot after halftime
Vandersloot scored 20 of her season-high 23 points in the second half, and Stewart added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the New York Liberty beat the Los Angeles Sparks 76-69.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Courtney Vandersloot scored 20 of her season-high 23 points in the second half, Breanna Stewart added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Liberty beat the Los Angeles Sparks 76-69 on Tuesday.
Sabrina Ionescu scored 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting, while Jonquel Jones had nine points and eight rebounds for New York (20-6). Vandersloot had seven rebounds and six assists, while Stewart added four steals and three blocks.
After trailing 54-50 entering the fourth quarter, New York held the Sparks to 15 points.
A field goal by Nneka Ogwumike with 14.1 seconds left was Los Angeles’ only field goal in the final three minutes, but Vandersloot made one of two free throws for the 74-69 win.
Ogwumike had 20 points and eight rebounds to move past Candace Parker (5,684) for the second-most points in franchise history, behind Lisa Leslie (6,263).
Los Angeles’ Jordin Canada added 13 points and six assists, while Layshia Clarendon scored 11 points.
In the first half, Canada scored nine points as Los Angeles led 34-32. Both teams shot below 39% from the field.