After beating the Minnesota Lynx in stunning fashion, the Los Angeles Sparks cruised past the Indiana to move to 2-0.
Ogwumike & Company Blaze Past the Fever
The Sparks did not need superstar Candace Parker on this occasion, as Nneka Ogwumike played a key roll in the Sparks’ second win. The former Stanford Cardinal lit up the Fever for 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. And her two-point game was lethal, making 11/13 from inside the arc.
Just take a look at where she made her shots. A vast majority of them were high percentage shots, creating easy points for her ball club.
Ogwumike showed why she is a former WNBA MVP. The Fever could do nothing to stop her and her teammates. Four other Sparks finished with double digit points on the night. Odyssey Sims finished second in points, compiling 17 – adding to her 21 from the win over the Lynx.
Sparks Strong from Start to Finish
Los Angeles started quickly, opening up a big 15-6 lead midway through the opening quarter. Sims was the igniter of this run, contributing to seven of the first 15 points. The lead swelled to as many as 19 before the end of the quarter. Los Angeles’ defense was tight that quarter, limiting the Fever to just 16 points. In fact, Indiana didn’t reach double digit points until the 2:21 mark.
Tides turned a little in the second quarter for Indiana. They fought back and got tighter on defense, cutting the Sparks’ point total almost in half. In the third, the Fever continued their fightback. The home team nearly leveled the game, getting as close as seven points at the 3:41. Indiana, however, would get no closer in this contest.
“I liked how they played against Washington and I like how they played against us,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said following their victory. (quotes via LA Sparks)
The road trip continues for the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday night. They take on the Connecticut Sun before returning home for a Sunday matinee clash with the Phoenix Mercury.