The Los Angeles Sparks get a big 16-point win over the Phoenix Mercury Friday night at Staples Center with the final score of 90 to 74. The win brings the Sparks only 2 games behind first place Minnesota Lynx improve their record to 6 wins and 1 loss in the 2012 season.
Sparks Head Coach Carol Ross said about the game, â€œWe came out with good energy. We had a little backward slide in the third quarter. But we played well in the areas we had to play strong and dominant in the ball game.” She added, “If you play defense and you rebound, you’re going to win the game. This game we did that, but this game we shot pretty decently.”
The Sparks played some great team ball with Nneka Ogwumike leading all scorers tonight after with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Ogwumike said, “I was just moving without the ball. We did a great job of running up and down the court and putting it away. We had a shaky third quarter, but I think we did a good job of bolstering that lead and doing what we could.” This ends a great week for the Sparks rookie Ogwumike with Sunday getting the game winning shot and tonights scoring leader in the game. Candace Parker also had a great game coming in second in scoring with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assist.
Charde Houston will lead the Mercury in scoring with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the game.Â The Sparks will now hit the road for a three game road trip with the first stop in Connecticut to face the Sun on Wednesday, June 13. They will then make a stop in Atlanta to face the dream on June 15 with the next day flying to San Antonio to end the trip.