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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Up next for the Sparks: Wednesday at Seattle

The Sparks will be without injured center Lisa Leslie for the eighth consecutive game, but the Storm could be missing star forward Lauren Jackson.

July 22, 2009|Mark Medina

AT SEATTLE

Time: 7.

Where: KeyArena.

On the air: Webcast, wnba.com.

Records: Sparks 4-8, Storm 10-6.

Record vs. Storm: 1-1.

Update: The Sparks have lost two in a row, and three of four this month, thanks to inconsistency. In their four wins this season, they have given up an average of 55 points, shot 45.7% and averaged 18.5 assists. In their eight losses, the Sparks have given up an average of 82.5 points, shot 39.6% and averaged 13.3 assists. They'll have to make do again without center Lisa Leslie, who didn't travel with the team and has missed the last seven games because of a sprained right knee. Storm Coach Brian Agler said it would be a game-time decision whether forward Lauren Jackson can play. Jackson, the league's sixth-leading scorer, missed the last two games because of a strained Achilles' tendon. Nonetheless, the Storm won both games without her. Seattle has held opponents to 69.29 points per game, which ranks second in the WNBA.

-- Mark Medina

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