Ticha Penicheiro scored 18 points to help Joe Bryant win his return as coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, who beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 84-74 on Tuesday night.
Bryant, Kobe's father, took over as coach of the Sparks on Sunday after Jennifer Gillom was fired. Los Angeles had lost the previous five games of their seven-game road trip, which ends Friday at Tulsa.
This is Bryant's second stint as coach of the Sparks. He previously coached them from August 2005 until the end of the 2006 season. Bryant didn't waste any time making his presence felt Friday. He drew a technical foul with 2:51 left in the second quarter for arguing a call.
Sophia Young scored 22 points for the Silver Stars (7-4), who have now lost three straight games.
Storm 79, Mystics 71
At Seattle, Sue Bird scored 22 points and Swin Cash added 20 in the Storm's victory over the Mystics.
Seattle has won three of four, a stretch that started with a 73-63 victory at Washington on July 3. The Mystics (2-9) have dropped four in a row.
Camille Little had 12 points for Seattle.
Washington was led by Marissa Coleman's 16 points. Matee Ajavon had 13, and Mystics leading scorer Crystal Langhorne added 10 in her return to the lineup after she missed three games because of back pain. Langhorne, who averages 18.1 points, hadn't played since June 26.