On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Dream visited the Los Angelos Sparks. It promised to be a good game with two of the top WNBA teams facing off against each other. The game would not disappoint. With nine lead changes and five ties, it's apparent that the game was a seesaw battle. When the final buzzer sounded, the Sparks were victorious by a score of 77-73.
Even in the waning minutes of the game, there was no clear winner. Both teams fought to the bitter end. The Dream, another team affected by injuries with two players out--Sancho Lyttle and Tiffany Hayes, seemed to lose steam in the fourth quarter. However, Angel McCoughtry hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in the game to cut the Spark's lead to just two points. But the Dream put Kristi Toliver at the line after the ball was inbounded and she hit the two free throws to seal the deal for the Sparks.
"This is just a little adversity to get through the storm," McCoughtry said. "We'll be [fine]. We're still in a good position and we still have a great record."
Both teams played tenacious defense. The Sparks' Alana Beard was assigned to defend McCoughtry who is having a phenomenal year. The two battled back and forth all night. Beard helped hold McCoughtry to just 9-24 shooting for the night.
Despite getting the win, the Sparks were outscored 48-26 in the paint and were outrebounded 45-36. Toliver led the way for the Sparks with 15 points while Beard and Lindsey Harding added 13 points.
Arminte Herrington had 18 points for the Dream and Erica de Souza chipped in with 15 points and 18 rebounds, boasting her third straight double-double.
The Sparks are back in action tonight, July 18th on ESPN2 at 10pm EST against the Phoenix Mercury. The Dream will try and get back on track when they visit the Tulsa Shock on Sunday, July 21st at 4:30pm EST. That game can be seen on Live Access.