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    Sparks can’t stop Rhyne Howard, Atlanta in lopsided loss
    • July 3, 2023

    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Rhyne Howard hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 43 points to help the Atlanta Dream set their single-game scoring record and the beat the Sparks 112-84 on Sunday.

    Nneka Ogwumike led Los Angeles (7-10) with 25 points. Dearica Hamby scored 18 with eight rebounds, Auzra Stevens added 13 points and nine boards, and Zia Cooke scored 11 points.

    Howard made 14 of 20 shots and came up one point shy of Atlanta’s single-game franchise record. Allisha Gray scored 15 points and Nia Coffey 13 for the Dream. Atlanta (7-8), which has won back-to-back games following a three-game skid, set a season high for points in a game and topped the 100-point plateau for the second time this season.

    Howard made 9 of 12 from the field and scored 25 points before halftime, a team record for points in the first half and the most points scored by a WNBA player in a half this season. Howard’s 40-point performance was the fifth in the WNBA season, a single-season record. The previous high was three (in 2006, ’08, ’15).

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    ​ Orange County Register