Big performances, big results

The Sparks are 16-1 after beating the Eastern Conference-leading Liberty, 77-67. Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and 15 rebounds, which was her eighth double-double of the season.

Brittney Griner’s triple-double paced the Mercury past the Dream, 95-87. Griner had 27 points, 10 blocks and 10 rebounds – only the sixth triple-dub in WNBA history. Atlanta has now lost six straight.

Team news:

The Dream’s season is turning into a nightmare.

Player news:

Renee Montgomery is embracing her role with the Lynx.

College teams news:

With recruit Sabrina Ionescu, the Oregon Ducks are looking good next year.

Rutgers will have eight new players this fall.

College coach news:

Loyola Chicago has fired coach Sheryl Swoopes after a lengthy investigation into player mistreatment allegations.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley sees player transfers as a necessary evil.