Sparks advance to face off against Sun!
LOS ANGELES, CA- LA Sparks win Chi-Town Sky 94-69
To start off if you are reading this and haven’t been to a Sparks game go buy some tickets right now and go to a game. The energy in the Staples Center was nothing like anything I experienced. The DJ was playing great music along side of the performances in between time outs and halftime. The Sparks were heading into this match under .500 after winning their last game against the now, 6-5 Las Vegas Aces. Before that the Sparks were on a 4-game losing streak so LA managed to get momentum back their way.
The first quarter was the close the score got ending 24-21 favor of the Sparks. The Sparks starters: Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray both opened up with 5 points each. Riquna Williams was the 1st quarter scoring leader with 9, including two 3-pointers. The overall team did a great job with taking the right shot shooting 44.4% from the field, and 57.1% from 3-point land.
The second quarter was the most exciting part of the game in my opinion with a lot of action from the Sparks. Maria Mabrey is who I was impressed with the most scoring her first 3-pointer alongside 2 assists and 2 rebounds. It might not seem like a lot but one of that assist was a “LeBron-like” pass to teammate Sydney Wiese for an easy fast break lay-up. The pass Mabrey threw was coming off a Kalani Brown block, both rookies. A few seconds later Mabrey returns the favor and made a nice inside pass to Brown a easy lay in. After the second quarter that's when the Sparks started to pull away ending the half leading 48-36.
In the 3rd-4th quarter, the margins were getting larger and larger. At the end of the 3rd, the score was 71-50, then finished with a 25 point lead winning 94-69. The lady Sparks managed to keep their shooting/ 3pt percentage over 40% throughout the game at 49.3% from the field, 41.7% from 3pt and 93.3% from the free throw line. The best part was the last couple of minutes in the game as the starters clocked out and reserves came in, the bench gave an extra spark to finish the game strong. Throughout the game, LA only allowed 1 lead change and the game was only tied twice, also impressive.
Overall the experience as a fan/media was amazing in many ways. Now that the Sparks have some real momentum they can really do something special in the WNBA. The lineups have been no steady through the season but now seem like LA got it down and ready to move forward. With rookie Kalani Brown finding her way both on offense and defense, and the rest of the lineup in sync. The Ogwumike sisters combined for 18 points, Riquna Williams finishing with team-high 19, and Sydney Wiese coming off the bench with 11 points. The Los Angeles Sparks bright is as bright as its logo.