Parker Leads Sparks To Opening Win Over Lynx

By Off the news wire
Updated: June 4, 2011

Los Angeles, CA.—Candace Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Los Angeles SparksMinnesota Lynx 82-74 on Friday night in the opener of the WNBA’s 15th season.

Parker, who hadn’t played a WNBA game since last June 13 when she dislocated her left shoulder, made 6 of 9 field goals and scored 13 points in the first half.

The Sparks made 7 of 14 3-pointers in the second half and never trailed in the fourth quarter.

Highly touted WNBA rookie Maya Moore led the Lynx with 21 points and added four rebounds and four assists.

Maya Moore

Maya Moore

The Sparks trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, but made 5 of 10 3-pointers in the period — including three by Noelle Quinn — to regain the lead.

Trailing 57-51, the Sparks went on an 8-0 run — capped by Parker’s putback — to take a one-point advantage heading into the final period.

Quinn finished with 11 points. Tina Thompson had 15, and Kristi Tolliver added 10 points for the Sparks.

Rebekkah Brunson had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Lindsay Whalen added 10 points for the Lynx, who were outrebounded by seven and didn’t score in the final 90 seconds.