Milton-Jones scores 22, Toliver adds 17 to lead short-handed Sparks in 82-77 win over Sky

DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 22 points and Kristi Toliver added 12 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 82-77 victory over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday night.

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had career highs of 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Sparks (9-17), who move within a half-game of fourth-place Minnesota in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot with eight games left.

Marie Ferdinand-Harris scored 15 points for Los Angeles and Ticha Penicheiro added a season-high 15 assists, one shy of the WNBA single-game record.

Jia Perkins scored 16 points for the Sky (12-16), who lost their fourth straight and fifth in six games. Tamera Young added 14 points and Sylvia Fowles had 12 points and 11 rebounds.