September 27, 2012 |
Candace Parker understood what was happening. Words weren't needed to explain a bench visit in the third quarter of a playoff game. The Sparks star forward has been around long enough to know when a message was being sent, in this case by Coach Carol Ross. "Coach was upset at me for my lack of rebounding, which she should have been," Parker said. Parker still had plenty of time to reverse course, starting late in the third quarter and pushing through with a strong final quarter, coming through to help deliver a 93-86 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars in Game 1 of the WNBA's Western Conference semifinals Thursday at USC's Galen Center.
September 14, 2012 |
Candace Parker scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Sparks to a 93-82 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday at Staples Center. Kristi Toliver added 18 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 17 points and eight rebounds as the Sparks recorded their eighth straight win at home to improve to 14-1. The Sparks (22-10), who had defeated Chicago on Thursday night, remained two games ahead of San Antonio for second place in the Western Conference. The Sun (22-9) suffered only its fourth road loss of the season.
August 12, 2012 |
LONDON - On the floor of North Greenwich Arena late Saturday night after the U.S. women's basketball team had blasted France, 86-50, in the Olympic final, Candace Parker wrapped her 3-year-old daughter, Lailaa, in her arms and kissed the girl on the cheek. Lailaa responded by kissing the gold medal hanging around Parker's neck. "She asked me where the smaller one was for her," Parker said. "We'll have to try and get her one. " I could see that day coming for little Lailaa in the 2032 Olympics, when the U.S. women's basketball team still might be riding a gold-medal streak.
June 27, 2012 |
When: 9:30 a.m. PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: wnba.com Records: Sparks 10-5, Silver Stars 5-5. Record vs. Silver Stars: 0-2. Update: The Sparks have lost their last two games by 16 points or more, including a 91-75 loss to league-worst Tulsa on Tuesday. Sparks star forward Candace Parker had only two points and three rebounds in that game. The Sparks will play for the eighth time in 14 days against a well-rested San Antonio team that has played five fewer games than the Sparks.
June 21, 2012 |
Following the Sparks' first back-to-back losses of the season, first-year head Coach Carol Ross had something prepared for her team a few hours before their next game. Several players later referred to it as their first "wake-up call" of the season. At the team's Monday morning shootaround, Ross said there'd be no shooting. Instead she ran five-on-five defensive drills. It puzzled her players, but the practice also sent a message that this year's team, win or lose, will be focused on how it competes defensively.
June 13, 2012
When: 5 PDT Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. On the air: TV: ESPN2. Records: Sparks 6-1, Sun 6-1. Record vs. Sun (2011): 0-2 Update: The Sparks have won four games in a row and are off to their best start in nine years. They will begin a three-game trip against the Sun, which has won three consecutive games and sits on top of the Eastern Conference. Candace Parker, who is averaging 18.7 points and 9.1 rebounds, had her fourth straight double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds)