Nneka Ogwumike scores big with her little sister in attendance


With her younger sister in attendance, Stanford grad Nneka Ogwumike put on a show in helping the Los Angeles Sparks beat the host New York Liberty, 68-54, in a WNBA game on Friday night.

Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, who were teammates for a couple of years at Stanford, face each other as opponents in Connecticut on Sunday.

In another WNBA contest, Stanford grad Jayne Appel had eight points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot but the host San Antonio Stars fell to the Seattle Storm, 88-67.

Ogwumike scored a team-high 15 points, had a game-high nine rebounds, along with three steals and three assists.

The Sparks held New York to four points in the fourth quarter.

Cardinal grad Candice Wiggins missed all five of her shots as she works herself into game shape. Wiggins played in her second game for Los Angeles since returning from knee injury. She did grab a rebound, record an assist and get a couple of steals.

Women's volleyball

Stanford grads Foluke Akinradewo and Cassidy Lichtman helped the U.S. senior women's team beat Brazil, 25-19, 22-25, 27-25, 25-27, 15-11, in an exhibition match in Hawaii on Friday night.

The world's No. 2 ranked Americans made it three straight over the top-ranked Brazilians in their four-game series.

The teams meet one final time in Hawaii on Saturday night.

The Americans will likely be without the services of Jordan Larson, who suffered an ankle injury near the end of the fourth set and had to be helped off the court.

Men's volleyball

Stanford assistant coach Ken Shibuya will serve as head for the United States youth national team that will compete at the NORCECA Boys' Under-19 Continental Championship beginning Monday in Tulsa, Okla.

The team, made up of high school seniors, and one junior, hopes to qualify for next year's FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship by finishing first or second.

Antioch's Jordan Ewert (Deer Valley High) and Moraga's Joe Worsley (Campolindo High) are among those playing.

Beach volleyball

The American team of April Ross and Stanford grad Kerri Walsh fell to Switzerland's No. 9 Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich, 21-19, 21-15, in the second round at the FIVB Gstaad Grand Slam on Friday and will not advance.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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