Los Angeles Sparks rookie, Nneka Ogwumike hits the game winning shot with 2 seconds left in the game to give the Sparks the fifth win of the season with the final score 67 to 65 over the Seattle Storm.
This is the second close win in the last two games for the Sparks who have fought to make sure they could get every victory and stay close to first place Minnesota. Ogwumike ended the game with 10 points, 5 rebounds and going 4 for 4 on the charity stripe.
Ogwumike said about her play during the game and the last second shot, â€œI was just kind of rushing through out the game but when it comes down to it I try not to give up on every play, I try to go 100%.â€ She would add, â€œCoach told me I kept playing hard down to the last second and I am happy that we got the W.â€
Sparks Head Coach Carol Ross said about Oguwumike shot, â€œNneka shot was huge and her mentality is she just wants to win and that is what that shot meant to her.â€
Throughout the first half and the third quarter the Sparks had a hard time with easy baskets around the net and turnovers but they corrected the problem quick in the fourth only give the ball away 2 times in the fourth. Seattleâ€™s Sue Bird and Katie Smith took advantage of the turnovers made by the Sparks combining for 31 of the teams 65 points in the game. The strength of these ladies to comeback from lack luster play is really what sets them apart.
Coach Ross said about the teams play, â€œWe had a great week of practice but we just didnâ€™t come out and play the way we have been practicing.â€ She added, â€œWe are a team that we have to fight and scratch to be at our best. This team just has a belief we are not dead unless you kill us.â€
Kristi Toliverâ€™s play from Tuesdayâ€™s game carried over against Seattle leading all the Sparks with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assist. She would also minimized the turnovers in this game only give the ball up 3 time in the game showing improved play in the backcourt.
â€œI am just trying to be consistent, trying to be aggressive always wanting to value the ball, staying focused and handling adversity I am thinking that is something this team has done collectively.â€
The Sparks will put there five and one record to the test this Friday when the team will be at home one last time against the Phoenix Mercury at 8pm before heading on the road to face the Connecticut Sun.