Asjha Jones

Toliver's team-high 19 off bench not enough in Sparks' loss

The visiting Los Angeles Sparks lost, 79-76, to the Connecticut Sun despite a team-high 19 points off the bench from guard Kristi Toliver (Maryland).

Tina Charles had 22 points and 23 rebounds for the Sun, who got 17 from Renee Montgomery and 16 each from Asjha Jones and Kara Lawson.

The game was tied with a little over two minutes remaining, but Montgomery hit a driving layup with 35.8 seconds left and made two free throws with time running down to seal the game.

Toliver shot 7-for-17 from the field, including 4-for-7 on 3-point attempts. She had four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Sparks played their first game without Candace Parker. Parker, who...