Erica Wheeler powers Los Angeles Sparks past Chicago Sky


The Los Angeles Sparks held off the Chicago Sky down the stretch to secure a 68-63 win at home.

The Sky surged to a four-point lead in the fourth, but a 15-6 Sparks run at the end of the game pushed Los Angeles past Chicago.

Eric Wheeler recorded five rebounds and five assists and led the Sparks with 22 points. The guard was also perfect from the line, knocking down seven free throws.

Te’a Cooper and Amanda Zahui B. contributed 13 points apiece to add to the Sparks’ lead. Zahui B. had a milestone game, notching 1,000 career points with a turnaround shot in the second quarter.

Kahleah Copper collected seven rebounds and led the Sky with 15 points. Ruthy Hebard’s double-double of 14 points and ten rebounds put pressure on the Sparks in the second half, but the late push ultimately was not enough to quiet the Sparks’ offense.

The Sky have now lost seven games in a row, with Los Angeles handing them three of those losses.

The Sky will look to grab a much-needed win when they play the Fever at home on Wednesday. The Sparks will go on the road to face the Mystics on Thursday in Washington.