July 18, 2008 |
PHOENIX -- Cappie Pondexter scored 27 points and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Sparks, 99-92, on Thursday night to end a three-game losing streak. The Sparks have lost four in a row on the road and six of their last nine games overall after a 10-3 start. The Mercury (10-12) led by 10 points going into the final quarter, but the Sparks (13-9) rallied to within 91-88 with 1:28 left.
July 4, 2008 |
It's not who you start, it's how you finish. The Sparks went with a new look Thursday night against the Minnesota Lynx, starting Shannon Bobbitt and Raffaella Masciadri in the backcourt for the first time this season, but their fourth-quarter problems continued in an 88-70 loss at Staples Center, their third in a row and fourth in the last six games.
July 15, 2008 |
Before bidding farewell to Staples Center for the next 6 1/2 weeks, the Sparks gave their fans reason to return. The Sparks played with focus and precision from start to finish Monday night, building an early lead against the San Antonio Silver Stars and using a late push to pull away for a 75-62 victory in front of 11,976, the second-largest crowd to watch a Sparks game at Staples Center this season.
July 28, 2008 |
MINNEAPOLIS -- Lisa Leslie scored 12 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Sunday to lead the Sparks to a 92-84 victory over the host Minnesota Lynx. Rookie Candace Parker also finished with 23 points for the Sparks in the WNBA's last game before its Olympic break. "To finish and get one is great, and obviously it is a good feeling for the girls that don't have to practice for three weeks," Leslie said.
July 20, 2008 |
HOUSTON -- Michelle Snow scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Houston Comets to a 75-72 overtime win over the Sparks on Saturday night. The Sparks' Lisa Leslie forced overtime when she tied it at 65 on a long three-point shot with six seconds left in regulation. Her 25-footer erased a three-point lead Houston had after Tamecka Dixon made two free throws with 22 seconds left.
July 25, 2008 |
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Lindsay Whalen scored 13 of her 22 points in the third quarter and the Connecticut Sun beat the short-handed Sparks, 87-61, Thursday night. The Sparks were without Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker and DeLisha Milton-Jones, all of whom were all suspended for one game by the WNBA for their involvement in Tuesday's altercation with the Detroit Shock. The three Olympians combined to average 48 points and 24 rebounds.