August 24, 2010 |
The Sparks' season has played out like a melodrama. Their 1-6 start was the worst in franchise history. Days later, 2008 most valuable player and rookie of the year Candace Parker was lost for the season. Eleven days later, veteran guard Betty Lennox was lost too. Yet they won seven of their last 12 games to clinch a playoff berth. "We had enough drama for four seasons combined, compacted into this one year," forward DeLisha Milton-Jones said. "I'm just elated we made it to this point after everything we've been through.
August 17, 2010 |
Kara Braxton led a balanced attack with 16 points and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Sparks, 90-84, at Staples Center. Candice Dupree and Panny Taylor each contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor also had seven assists for the Mercury, who have already clinched a playoff spot and are locked into the second seed in the Western Conference. Diana Taurasi also scored 15 in the win. Tina Thompson registered 33 points, making a career-high 14 field goals (14- of-22) for the Sparks, who remained in a third-place tie with San Antonio and Minnesota as those teams fight for the final two playoff spots in the West.
August 6, 2010 |
For a while, it looked as though the Sparks weren't going to best the league's worst. Then came the second half. The Sparks (10-17) came back from a 34-26 halftime deficit to beat the Tulsa Shock (5-23), 77-70, at Staples Center in front of an announced crowd of 8,962. "I knew we were going to be OK," said forward Delisha Milton-Jones, who had a game-high 23 points. "It was just a matter of time before we collected ourselves. " After scoring the game's first two points, the Sparks trailed the Shock until late in the third quarter, when Marie Ferdinand-Harris converted two free throws with 1:33 remaining to give the Sparks a 45-44 lead.
August 4, 2010 |
With less, the Sparks did more. The team entered Wednesday's game against the Chicago Sky (12-16) with an eight-player roster, missing Candace Parker, Betty Lennox — both injured — and Tina Thompson. But the Sparks (9-17) came together and pulled off an 82-77 win at Staples Center in front of an announced crowd of 9,732. "That just goes to show that the team with the most heart can win games, and I thought we played with heart tonight," Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said.
July 30, 2010 |
Cappie Pondexter poured in 20 points to lead the New York Liberty over the Sparks, 88-79, at Madison Square Garden. Janel McCarville added 15 points for the Liberty, who have won two in a row and six of eight overall. Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 14 points and nine rebounds for the victors. Tina Thompson finished with 18 points for the Sparks, who saw a two-game winning streak come to an end. Marie Ferdinand-Harris added 17 points in defeat.
July 1, 2010
SPARKS TONIGHT VS. SAN ANTONIO When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: LiveAccess on WNBA.com. Records: Sparks 3-11, Silver Stars 5-8. Record vs. Spurs: 0-1. Update: In the teams' last meeting, on May 22, forward DeLisha Milton-Jones led all players with 20 points in an 88-81 loss. Jones — and a few others — will need to step up in hopes of ending the Sparks' four-game losing streak. The team has yet to find itself without forward Candace Parker (shoulder)