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WNBA: Seattle Storm 42, Sparks 36 at halftime

After trailing by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, Seattle Storm forward Swin Cash scored 14 second quarter points, including four three-pointers, to give the Storm a 42-36 halftime advantage over the Sparks in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals at Staples Center.

The Storm have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, and before Game 2 began, Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said starting strong was essential.

"We have to have a great start," she said. "If we get out of the blocks great, we're going to have a good night."

The Sparks took heed of her advice and entered the second quarter with a 20-15 advantage. The Storm, however, recuperated and took its first lead of the game after Lauren Jackson made a layup with 6:23 left in the half.

Noelle Quinn leads the Sparks with 10 points. Jackson leads all-scorers with 16 points.

-- Melissa Rohlin

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