The Los Angeles Sparks fell for just their second time at home on Tuesday with the 73-72 loss to the Connecticut Sun. The Sparks now 12-6 on the season fall to third in the Western Conference behind the Seattle Storm & the Minnesota Lynx.
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The Sparks scored first quarter low eight points shooting just 2-13 (15.4%) and trailed by double figures most of the first half and trailed 42-25 at halftime. They were down by as many as 20 points midway through the second quarter but used a surging third quarter doubling up the Sun 26-13 and getting their lead down to single digits. Candace Parker was a huge reason in the second half for the team’s success after not scoring in the first half and not attempting a field goal in the second quarter, scored 12 points in the third.
After trailing most of the game cutting closer and closer into the Sun lead they finally took their first lead late in the fourth quarter 65-64. The game went back and forth to close game with Nneka Ogwumike having a shot from just past half court to win the game but came up just short. She finished with a team high 20 points (6-6 FT) and five rebounds. Parker who had the slow start in the first half finished with 17 points and a team high 8 rebounds.
The Sun were led by Chiney Ogwumike the sister of Sparks stark Nneka Ogwumike finished with a game high 21 points and tied for a team seven rebounds. The Sun bench was a huge reason for their victory as they outscored the Sparks bench 28-7 led by Alex Bentley’s 10 points. They also won the rebounding battle 34-27 and the assist category 16-11. They have beaten the Sparks twice on the season and will get a chance to sweep the Sparks in late August.
Sparks now get back on the road and travel to Minnesota to take on the Lynx on Thursday 7/5 5:00 PT on ESPN2.