Sparks go to OT but lose sixth in row

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Alex Bent­ley scored 18 points and the Con­necti­cut Sun beat the short- handed Sparks 80- 76 in overtime on Fri­day night at Un­casville, Conn. It was the Sun’s sev­enth straight vic­tory and left the Sparks with­out a win through their f irst six games of the sea­son.

Jan­tel Laven­der had 22 points and 12 re­bounds for the ( 0- 6). An­drea Hoover, a rookie from Day­ton, made her first WNBA start for Los An­ge­les and had a sea­son- high 17 points in 40 min­utes. Nneka Og­wu­mike, in her sec­ond game back af­ter an an­kle in­jury, scored 14 points.

The Sparks went three- plus min­utes with­out a field goal in the fourth quar­ter, but Jen­nifer Lacy’s three- pointer from the cor­ner pulled Los An­ge­les within 66- 65 with 57 sec­onds left. Con­necti­cut’s Alyssa Thomas made one of two free throws for a two- point lead and Laven­der’s layup tied it at 67 with 9.9 sec­onds left.

The Sun scored the f irst six points of overtime and the Sparks didn’t hit their f irst f ield goal un­til the 5.3- sec­ond mark.

Con­necti­cut ( 7- 1) is off to its best start since win­ning eight of its first nine games in 2008.

In the f irst half, Con­necti­cut was down by as many as 14 points but scored the fi­nal eight points of the half.

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