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Liberty lose to L.A. Sparks but rookie Jazmine Jones score 24

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New York Liberty v Los Angeles Sparks Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

With Sabrina Ionescu out with a severely sprained ankle, rookie Jazmine Jones has tried to pick up for the Liberty. On Tuesday night, the 6’0” forward scored 24 points, her best outing so far, but the Liberty lost again, this time to the L.A. Sparks, 93-78, at the Bradenton “wubble.”

It was the Louisville product’s second 20+ point effort. She’s averaging 9.7 points thus far tis season.

Turnovers proved the Liberty’s undoing as they coughed the ball up 26 times in their seventh loss against one win. Layshia Clarendon, the backup point guard, added 11 points and Amanda Zahui B had nine points and 10 rebounds. The Liberty did make 21 straight free throws before missing one in with four seconds left.

Jones had five steals as well...

Riquna Williams and Sydney Wiese each scored 17 points to help the Sparks. Candace Parker added 16 points for Los Angeles (5-3), which won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Parker also had four assists to move into 14th place on the WNBA career list. Brittney Sykes scored 15 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 11.

Parker had 12 points and five rebounds in the first half as Los Angeles built a 51-34 lead. There were issues with the FOX Sports Go broadcast and the Liberty had to offer an apology in the first quarter when the game was unavailable.

In a series of pregame tweets. , Clarendon, one of the league’s most outspoken players —and a leader in the WNBA social justice efforts— endorsed Vice-President Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris, an African and Asian-American woman, as his vice-presidential runningmate.

Clarendon tweeted as well about the mental challenges in both the WNBA and NBA’s Florida bubbles...

The Liberty play their ninth out of 22 games on Thursday vs. the Indiana Fever.