The Los Angeles Sparks (5-2) defeated the Chicago Sky (3-5) 77-59 on Sunday afternoon. They bounced back after an embarrassing loss on Thursday night to the first place Seattle Storm (88-63). They never trailed in the game and led by as many as 14.
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They got a huge bounce back game from Candace Parker who led all scorers with 24 points (10-14 fg) and 6 rebounds. She was much more aggressive to start this game scoring 10 of her 24 in the first quarter. Nneka Ogwumike who picked up where she left off on Thursday night contributed 16 points on 7-12 shooting and a team high 8 rebounds. She said after the game in a post-game interview “the team came out more aggressive on both ends of the floor” than they did on Thursday against the Storm. Chelsea Gray also chipped in with 15 points on 5-12 shooting.
The Sparks were a plus +9 in rebounding (45-36) despite giving up 14 offensive rebounds.
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The Sky have now lost two straight had only one player in double figures and never led in this one. Cheyenne Parker led the way for the Sky with a double-double with 17 points on 6-10 shooting and 12 rebounds. She was the lone bright spot for the Sky and had almost as many points as the rest of the starters who combined for just 21 points. Astou Ndour, Allie Quigley, and Jamierra Faulkner all chipped in with 7 points.
The turning point in the game could have been towards the end of the first half when they cut the Sparks lead to 34-31 with under a minute remaining when Cheyenne Parker fouled Candace Parker behind the three with nine seconds remaining. She did not agree with the foul and ultimately ended up picking up a technical foul giving Parker four total free throw attempts and she made all four pushing the Sparks lead back up to seven (38-31). The Sky never got any closer and coach Chatman was asked in a post game interview about that play and she responded "it was a big play for the momentum shift."
The Sparks take on the Atlanta Dream Tuesday 6/12 at Staples Center.