The Seattle Storm (6-2) went into Staples Center on Thursday night and put it on the Los Angeles Sparks (4-2) from opening tip to the final buzzer defeating the Sparks 88-63. The Storm led the entire game and the game never got closer than eight points. They were the more aggressive team all night and showed why their 6-2 thus far on the season.
Photo By: Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times
They were led by their front court of star Breanna Stewart, Alysha Clark, and Natasha Howard who combined for 49 points and 17 rebounds outscoring the entire Sparks starters by 8. Their length and combination of skill was too much for a Los Angeles team that is one of the best in the league. They had all but one starter in double figures, point guard Sue Bird who contributed 8 points and controlled the tempo of the game with a game high 8 assist.
The Storm were a plus +10 rebounding (36-26) and plus +9 in assist (22-13). They didn't shoot the ball that well from distance just 7 of 21 but were a plus +15 in that category because of the 16% shooting from the Sparks (2-12). Coach Dan Hughes of the Storm said in a post game interview that "he would like for us to develop a personality defensively" from the 25 point win and holding the Sparks to just 63 points is a step in the right direction.
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The Sparks Nneka Ogwumike played well and was the only Sparks player to score in double figures with 19 points on 6-10 shooting (7-7 FT) and a team high 6 rebounds. The rest of the starters combined for 22 points.
Forward Candice Parker who did not play in the 4th quarter didn't score her first basket until midway through the third quarter. She finished with 6 points on 3-7 shooting and did not attempt a free throw. This was a game the Parker and the Sparks should be able to learn from moving forward.
Next Game: Sunday 6/10 vs Chicago Sky