Candace Parker hit four three-pointers and finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Washington Mystics 93-82 on Sunday night.
Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and Jantel Lavender added 20 on 9-of-11 shooting for the Sparks (18-1). Los Angeles, ranked No. 1 in the AP WNBA power poll, has won seven straight and needs two wins to tie the 1998 Houston Comets for the best start in WNBA history.
Lavender scored eight points during a 20-8 spurt that gave the Sparks a 76-64 lead with seven minutes and Parker scored nine in a row to make it 88-71 with 3:41 left.
The Sparks shot 62.5 percent (10 of 16) in the fourth quarter.
Emma Meesseman had 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for the fourth-ranked Mystics (9-11). Kahleah Copper added a career-high 13 points.
Washington has lost three straight.
The LA Sparks theme this week was “We are Women.” The Sparks organization honored nine women including: CEO and Editor in Chief of the National Association of Women in Real Estate Business, Desiree Patino; Founder of Runway4Peace DeNika Turner-Stephens; advocate for healthy living and caregiver with Foundation for Senior Services, Sally Hartinian; Assistant Principal at Gage Middle School, Lorena Montenegro; Newbury Park High School graduate Kate Foultz; Development professional with the Youth Speak Collective, Alana Miller-Goodearl; Founder of the Women’s Institute of Negotation, Dr. Yasmin Davidds; volunteer with Ronald McDonald House, Melissa Sandfield; and Area Human Resources Manager for USPS South California, La Shawn Standford.