Sparks win the series with the Lynx after a hard-fought victory

Nneka Ogwumike stepped up for the Sparks last night after Candace Parker was ejected in the third quarter, putting up 22 of her game-high 25 points in the second half to lead her team over the Lynx, 85-84. Los Angeles wins the series over the Lynx, 3-2.

In last night’s other game, the Storm topped the Shock, 76-67.

More on retiring Tina Thompson and Katie Smith:

From Rebecca Lobo.

And Mechelle Voepel.

Thompson stays in character and on task.

Mercury:

Penny Taylor is back in time for the playoffs.