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Nneka Ogwumike’s 35 points propel Sparks past struggling Fever

LOS ANGELES — Nneka Ogwumike scored a season-high 35 points and the Sparks pulled away in the second half to beat the struggling Indiana Fever, 86-79, on Tuesday night at Arena.

Ogwumike, whose career high is 38 points, made 12 of 20 shots with two 3-pointers for the Sparks (11-14). She missed a jumper and two free throws in the final minute. Jordin Canada had 11 points, eight assists and four steals, and Brittney Sykes had nine points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals but nine turnovers on a night when the Sparks used just eight players.

Cheney Ogwumike just missed another double-double, finishing with eight points and 10 rebounds. Lexie Brown had nine points.

Ogwumike had 21 points in the first half to help the Sparks take a 42-40 lead into intermission.

Tiffany Mitchell came off the bench to score 16 of her 22 points in the first half for Indiana (5-23), which has lost 10 consecutive games. Nalyssa Smith had 14 points, while Kelsey Mitchell added 12 points and five assists. Victoria Vivians scored 11 points but five of her team’s 24 turnovers and reserve Emma Cannon finished with 10 points.

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