Uncasville, Conn. June 27, 2017 – Sparks forward, Nneka Ogwumike, scored 17 of her 21 points in the first half, beating the Connecticut Sun, 87-79, to make it three wins in a row on the road. Candace Parker added 14 points, seven boards, and five blocks, to give them six straight wins.
The offense has been clicking lately, averaging more than 87 points since their last loss, but their defense is improving and making a difference.
“We’re getting better defensively,” Los Angeles coach Brian Agler said. “At the start of the season we were one of the bottom two teams. I’m not sure where we are now, but we’re better than that.”
Parker had similar thoughts on the team’s defense as well.
“There are some things we got to tidy up, putting teams away,” Parker said. “That’s been our Achilles’ heel this year. To beat a good Connecticut team on the road is huge.”
Los Angeles guard Chelsea Gray added 15 points and Riquna Williams, who is filling in for injured guard, Essence Carson, contributed 13 points. The Sparks led by six after the first half but opened the third quarter, scoring 16 of the first 20 points to eventually give them the win.
The Sparks will end their four-game road trip this Friday when they take on the Atlanta Dream at McCamish Pavilion. Tip-off is at 4:30 Pacific Time. In their matchup against Atlanta earlier in the season, the Dream edged the Sparks, 75-73.