Kristi Toliver lead both teams in scoring with 23 points and all five of the Sparks starters scored in double-digits in tonights game. Candace Parker scored 17 points, DeLisha Milton-Jones 15, Nneka Ogwumike 13 and Alena Beard scored 10 points.
â€œPeople have some good nights, some off nights, but if we can stay consistent and we have contributors like that and if we can maintain that tempo throughout the game. … I think we have the advantage every time,â€ Ogwumike said.
The Sparks took a big lead into the fourth quarter 21-points. 7:12 into the third Tina Thompson hits the floor after a collision with Ogwumike. Thompson would have to be helped off the floor with an ankle injury. After the game Seattle Head Coach Brian Agler had no update or severity of Thompsonâ€™s injury. Thompson finished the game with 9-points and seven rebounds. This is added to the injuries for Seattle that was missing Sue Bird due to a hip flexor and Center Anne Wauters with a strained calf.
â€œJust like I told the team, I said `No one’s feeling sorry for us,â€ Agler said. â€œEvery team has had situations like this before. I thought we did a lot of good things today. We just didn’t have enough weapons. I thought we could have played a little bit tougher defensively at times, especially in the first quarter and the third quarter. But I don’t fault our effort. We competed.â€
The Spark will return to the court tomorrow to face the Atlanta Dream tomorrow at 5:30pm then leaving on a two game road trip before a month long Olympic break to allow WNBA athletes to play for their respective countries in London for the summer games.