WASHINGTON D.C. – The Sparks three game winning streak came to a halt Tuesday as the Mystics overwhelmed Los Angeles, 95-66. Candace Parker scored the first basket on a lefty hook, but the Mystics hit four 3-pointers to start the game and took a 14-5 lead forcing a timeout from head coach Derek Fisher. The 3-point barrage continued as Washington hit two more from distance and led by as many as 14 points. The Mystics shot a scorching 66.7% in the first quarter and 6-for-10 on 3-pointers. Chelsea Gray scored seven points in the opening frame but the Sparks trailed 33-22 after one.
The Sparks went cold to start the second quarter as their first points didn’t come until 5:48 remaining in the period when Sydney Wiese was fouled on a drive and hit a pair of free throws. The Mystics added three more triples, forcing another timeout by the Sparks with Washington up 46-29, their largest lead of the game to that point. Despite Gray reaching double-figures for the 23rd time this season and the 15th straight game, Los Angeles trailed 54-37 at the half. Nneka Ogwumike passed DeLisha Milton-Jones to become the third leading scorer in Sparks history behind Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie in the first half.
Ogwumike scored the first basket of the second half, reaching double-figures for the 24th time this season, but the Sparks could not get into an offensive rhythm. The Mystics started the half on an 11-3 run to take a 25-point lead, 65-40. Washington, who came into the game with one of the best offensive ratings in WNBA history at 111.9 points per 100 possessions, continued to pile on and took an 81-47 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Sparks went to the bench in the fourth quarter as Alexis Jones, Marina Mabrey and Kalani Brown saw extended action. The team went down by their largest deficit of the season, 40 points, before the bench was able to avoid the largest defeat in franchise history.