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Top-pick Collier makes her debut, Wings beat new-look Sparks

Allisha Gray scored 23 points, No. 1 overall pick Charli Collier had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Dallas beat the new-look Los Angeles Sparks 94-71 on Friday night for coach Vickie Johnson's first victory with the Wings.

Collier, a rookie from Texas, was 4 of 6 from the field in her debut and fellow top-five pick Chelsea Dungee played the final two minutes for the Wings. Awak Kuier, the No. 2 selection in Dallas' busy draft, did not play.

Arike Ogunbowale added 17 points, Marina Mabrey had 11 and Isabelle Harrison 10 for Dallas, which shot 53.1% from the field. Kayla Thornton grabbed 11 rebounds.

Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) and Dallas Wings forward Isabelle Harrison (20) face off in a jump ball during the first quarter of a WBNA basketball game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

Dallas took control during a 24-14 second quarter, and led 44-41 at the break behind 15 points from Gray. Ogunbowale scored 10 points in the third quarter to help build a 70-60 lead.

Los Angeles did not have Candace Parker, a former league MVP, on its roster for the first time since 2007. Parker, another No. 1 overall pick, headed home to Chicago in the offseason after playing her entire 13-year career in Los Angeles.

Nneka Ogwumike scored 18 points and Chiney Ogwumike added 12 for Los Angeles. Kristi Toliver scored 11 points and moved into 16th place for WNBA career assists. Nia Coffey added 10 points.

Dallas Wings center Bella Alarie (32) defends against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) during the second quarter of a WBNA basketball game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

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Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) and Dallas Wings forward Charli Collier (35) participate in a jump ball during the second quarter of a WBNA basketball game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

Los Angeles Sparks guard Te'a Cooper (2) controls the ball against Dallas Wings guard Tyasha Harris (52) during the first quarter of a WBNA basketball game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

Dallas Wings guard Tyasha Harris (52) covers the face of Los Angeles Sparks guard Te'a Cooper (2) while reaching for the ball on the floor during the second quarter of a WBNA basketball game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver (20) shoots against Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale (24) during the first quarter of a WBNA basketball game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike (13) controls the ball against Dallas Wings forward Kayla Thornton (6) and forward Charli Collier, right, during the first quarter of a WBNA basketball game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

Los Angeles Sparks forward Nia Coffey (12) defends against Dallas Wings guard Tyasha Harris (52) during the first quarter of a WBNA basketball game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike (13) reacts to a foul call during the first quarter of a WBNA basketball game against the Dallas Wings Friday, May 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)