The Los Angeles Sparks went on a 33-11 run in the fourth quarter that cemented their victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday. Their 99-78 win on the road moves the Sparks to 14-9 on the season, while also keeping them in the hunt for the top seed. Currently, LA sits 2.5 games back from the Seattle Storm and 1.5 back of the Phoenix Mercury.
Back and Forth We Go
The Sparks took the lead in the first quarter through contributions from Odyssey Sims and Parker. Sims received the assists from Parker, which put LA up by three points early. Parker finished the quarter with an astonishing 14 points, knocking down two shots from behind the arc. At the end of the quarter, Los Angeles were ahead by three.
Maria Vadeeva, the 19-year-old Russian, checked in early in the second and immediately contributed. She grabbed two quick rebounds and hit a mid-range jumper.
However, Kayla McBride responded with a three-point shot that got the Aces the 31-29 advantage. Chelsea Gray hit the Aces right back. Gray dominated the floor, getting multiple buckets on fast break opportunities, which gave the Sparks the upper hand for the time being.
After a technical foul was called on the Las Vegas coach Bill Laimbeer, the Sparks extended their edge to six points. However, the Aces went on a 5-0 run to close out the first half of action.
Las Vegas opened up scoring the first basket of the half, but a Parker and-one kept the Sparks ahead. Kelsey plum received the Aces second technical of the game after getting fouled. When Gray hit a lay-up, the Aces took a time out and responded with a 5-0 run of their own. After 17 lead changes, Los Angeles finished the frame leading 64-63.
Sparks Close Out Game with Big Run
Ogwumike started the final ten minutes with finishing off a three-point play, giving the Sparks a 66-63 lead. Las Vegas, though, took back the lead after a Moriah Jefferson scored a high percentage shot right under the basket.
However, Los Angeles, completely took over the rest of the game, going on an impressive 33-11 run. Parker contributed with three shots from beyond the three-point line. LA scored a season high in the final period, closing out with an astounding 35 points.
Gray contributed 22 points and 6 assists, and Ogwumike scored 15, and 7 rebounds. Kayla McBride led the Aces with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and two assists, and A’ja Wilson contributed 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Parker Falls Short of a Triple-Double Again
The Sparks’ superstar, Parker, had a phenomenal game in yesterdays match, falling one assists short of a triple double for the second time this season.
A whopping 14 of Parker’s 34 points came in the first quarter. She scored three triples that would lead them into a 34-11 run in the fourth. The former Tennessee Volunteer finished the game with a season high 34-points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.
Parker shot 12 of 21 from the field, while knocking down five three-pointers. This was her second game this week where she finished just one assist and rebound short of a triple double.
When asked about her performance Parker, seems to be more focused on her teams success then her own success on the court.
“I think just for us it’s about winning right now. We’ve got to get on the winning side of things; everything is so tight so I think everything means something.
At this point if we lose we are tied for 7 or 8th place. We went in 3rd or 2nd, just going about it that way we know how important the game is.”