The Los Angeles Sparks notched their eighth win at home with a 84-74 victory against the Phoenix Mercury. The Sparks held the Mercury to 3-of-17 shooting in the first quarter which allowed the Sparks to open up a 10-point lead.
Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting and also contributed seven rebounds. Candace Parker shot just 3-of-8 from the field, but finished with 12 points and team highs in rebounds and assists, with 11 six assists, respectively.
Parker wore some handcrafted shoes that she and her daughter designed to commemorate the late Tennessee Volunteers head coach Pat Summitt, who coached Parker in college. The former MVP partnered with Adidas to develop the shoe.
The Sparks honored Coach Summitt with “Pat Summitt Leadership Night,” with those in attendance receiving a poster of the storied coach. Summitt passed away in 2016 after a short battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Sparks played with active hands. They stole the ball eight times and turned those steals into baskets — scoring 20 points off 14 forced turnovers.
After putting up 26 points in the Mercury’s recent win over the Washington Mystics, Brittney Griner once again was the main focus of the Mercury’s offense. Against the Sparks, she led Phoenix with 27 points.
Leilani Mitchell picked up where she left off against the Mystics as well. After making 5-of-10 shots from long range against Washington, Mitchell shot 4-of-7 from three-point range against L.A. and finished with 19 points. Unfortunately, the rest of the squad was unable to produce enough to keep up with the high-flying Sparks.
The road has not been friendly to the Mercury as of late. This loss is the Mercury’s fifth in their last six road games.
In other WNBA action:
The Seattle Storm ended a three-game slide with a 69-57 victory over the Dallas Wings. Natasha Howard recorded her seventh double-double, with 23 points and 11 rebounds, and she recorded a career-high six steals. Seattle is now 13-11 and ahead of the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury, who are both at .500 with 11-11 records.
The Sparks have now won 10 of their last 12 games and will wrap a four-game homestand against the Chicago Sky on Sunday, August 11. The Mercury will return to Phoenix to face the Dallas Wings on Saturday, August 10 for the third time this season, with Phoenix looking to get above .500.