Sparks go to OT but lose sixth in row
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.