Quinn helps Sparks beat Storm

LOS ANGELES(AP) Noelle Quinn led the team she followed as a child to a dramatic victory in front of loved ones.

Quinn scored eight of her career-high 23 points in overtime and the Los Angeles Sparks rallied for a 79-75 victory over the Seattle Storm on Thursday night.

"It's kind of surreal just because I've grown up watching the Sparks so long,'' said Quinn, whose mother has owned season tickets since the first season. "To wear a uniform and perform in front of my family and friends is just a dream come true.''

Sparks coach Michael Cooper praised Quinn's overall performance.

"She did a yeoman's job for us,'' Cooper said. "Noelle gives us a good defensive player on the perimeter, another good ball-handler and a great passer. People don't think of this but she's a Hell of a rebounder.

"When your guard can do that, especially when you've got a front line like we have, that's gravy.''

The Storm led 72-66 with 3:18 left in overtime but the Sparks used a 12-0 spree to move ahead 78-72 with 14.2 seconds to play. Quinn scored eight points in the run, including a 3-pointer that gave Los Angeles a 74-72 lead with 1:01 left.

Quinn also made a 16-foot turnaround jump shot that forced a 66-66 tie with 8.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

"Lisa (Leslie) and Candace (Parker) were attracting a lot of attention in the paint,'' Quinn said. "Seattle stayed in a zone so I was just trying to find the gaps and find the openings.''

Parker added season highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Sparks (7-11). Leslie scored 15 points and DeLisha Milton-Jones had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Lauren Jackson scored 21 points before fouling out for the Storm (12-9), which has lost three of four. Swin Cash, Camille Little and Tanisha Wright each had 14 points, with Cash grabbing eight rebounds and Wright getting six assists.

Milton-Jones scored seven points during a 14-0 surge that gave the Sparks a 20-7 advantage. But the Storm made five of its first seven shots to the second half with an 11-4 run and take a 42-36 lead. Cash led the run with seven points.

In overtime, Seattle scored the first six points. Jackson made two free throws before turning a Sparks turnover into a jumper. Then Sue Bird made a layup off Wright's steal to give the Storm its 72-66 lead.

Seattle played without Katie Gearlds, who will be out at least four weeks after tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Tuesday night against Phoenix.

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