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Dallas Wings look to snap skid, hand Los Angeles Sparks first loss

Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker is a two-time WNBA MVP. She and the Sparks are scheduled to play the Dallas Wings at College Park Center on the UT Arlington campus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker is a two-time WNBA MVP. She and the Sparks are scheduled to play the Dallas Wings at College Park Center on the UT Arlington campus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. AP

Los Angeles Sparks at Dallas Wings

7:30 p.m. Saturday, College Park Center, UT Arlington

TV: KTXD/Ch. 47

Records: Sparks 8-0, Wings 3-5

About the Sparks: After starting last season 0-7 and 3-14, Los Angeles is one of two teams this year without a loss – tied for first in the WNBA at 8-0 with Minnesota. Jantel Lavender scored a season-high 22 and Kristi Toliver had 15 of her 19 points in the second half as the Sparks beat New York 100-77 on Tuesday. Season-leading scorer Candace Parker (16.8 points per game) was held to five points. The Sparks rank third in points (85.5) and second in assists (20.6) and leads in fewest points allowed (69.5). Los Angeles is one win away from tying a franchise record for most consecutive wins to start a season, set in 2001 and matched in 2003.

About the Wings: Dallas has lost four straight after starting the season 3-1. The Wings are in third place in the West and eighth in the league. Washington defeated Dallas 87-79 on Wednesday behind Emma Meesseman’s 23 points and 12 rebounds. Glory Johnson made her debut for the Wings on Wednesday after serving a seven-game suspension assessed last year following her domestic-violence incident with Phoenix center Brittney Griner. Johnson played 31 minutes and scored 15 points. Rookie Aerial Powers scored 17 points and Karima Christmas had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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