McBride, Appel lead Stars over Sparks, 82-76

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 21 points, Jayne Appel tied a franchise record with 20 rebounds, and the San Antonio Stars beat the Los Angeles Sparks 82-76 on Sunday.

Sophia Young-Malcolm and Danielle Robinson had 14 points apiece, and Jia Perkins added 12 for San Antonio (14-18), which pulled within a half-game of Los Angeles (14-17) for third place in the Western Conference.

Nneka Ogwumike scored 18 points, Jantel Lavender added 15 and Alana Beard had 13 for the Sparks.

San Antonio can clinch a playoff berth with a victory or a loss by the Seattle Storm (11-20), who own a tiebreaker over the Stars.