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WNBA: NNEKA OGWUMIKE’S LAST-SECOND PUTBACK SECURES LOS ANGELES SPARKS’ WIN OVER ATLANTA DREAMS

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Farouq Oduola A.

Nneka Ogwumike, a Nigerian-born American star, scored a game-winning goal in the last seconds to lift the Los Angeles Sparks over the Atlanta Dream.

With 0.1 seconds left, Nneka Ogwumike shot back a missed 3-pointer to help the Sparks beat the Dream 66-64.

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Atlanta tied the game at 64 with 25.6 seconds left on back-to-back 3-pointers by Aari McDonald and Crystal Bradford. Kristi Toliver dribbled down the time and launched a long 3-pointer that bounced between the back and front of the rim, but Ogwumike recovered the rebound in traffic and pushed it off the glass and in, despite the unexpected shot-clock buzzer.

Los Angeles’ Ogwumike finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals (9-13). Toliver and Amanda Zahui B. both scored ten points, with the former passing Mwadi Mabika for the lead in made 3-pointers in Los Angeles with 399.

Los Angeles led by 17 points in the second half, but Atlanta drew within 62-58 after Los  angeles went scoreless for four minutes in the fourth quarter.

Courtney Williams led Atlanta with 23 points and 11 rebounds (6-16). McDonald’s 15 points were all scored in the second half.

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