Sunday night's game between the Los Angelos Sparks and the Washington Mystics was a tight match up in the first half, but was blown wide open in the second half. The Sparks won by a score of 75-57.
The Sparks didn't seem to be affected at all by the absence of their MVP-caliber forward Candace Parker, who did not travel with the team because of a right wrist injury. They dominated the boards early and out-rebounded the Mystics 43-38. Nneka Ogwumike and Jantel Lavender stepped up in the absence of Parker and grabbed 10 and 11 rebounds respectively. Ogwumike led the Sparks with 22 points while Lavender added 13.
Despite the impressive rebounding display from the Sparks, they went into halftime with just a 33-26 lead. But once the second half began, the game was lost for the Mystics.
Lindsay Harding dished out a career-high 14 assists, 5 of them during the third quarter, which the Sparks won by a score of 26-13. Harding was quoted saying that she didn't know that she was on pace for a career high. She just knew that there were plays that needed to be made and that she could contribute.
In the losing effort, Crystal Langhorne had 23 points and 7 rebounds. Emma Meesemen, a rookie from Belgium, chipped in 9 points in her first start in her young career.
For the Sparks, Marissa Coleman scored 11 points off the bench and Harding added 11 as well. Ebony Hoffman also pitched in with 10 points.
I am a huge Los Angelos Sparks fan, but I live on the East Coast so there's no way I would ever be able to see them play live unless I flew out to California. So whenever the Sparks visit the East Coast, I make sure to see a game. I was lucky enough to get second row seats to the game yesterday. It was a great experience and I'm glad the Sparks played a great game.
The pictures used in this post are pictures my mom took during the game. She has a way better camera than I do and takes better pictures too.
I honestly felt like a kid in a candy store at the game yesterday. I do play basketball in college and it's my all time favorite sport. So to be so close to the women on the court yesterday was unbelievable. I look up to all those women, especially Kristi Toliver who just so happens to be my basketball idol. There was a smile plastered to my face all throughout warm ups and halfway through the game. It was a wonderful experience that I'd love to go through again.