The Los Angeles Sparks rebounded from the team’s 29-point loss against the Dallas Wings on Friday (June 22) with a 80-54 win over the New York Liberty at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday (June 24). Los Angeles was led by Riquana Williams’ season high 25-point effort.
The Sparks came out the gate hot on offense with a 11-2 run. The team held the Liberty to 12 points in the first quarter. The Sparks ended the quarter with an 18-12 advantage. The Liberty cut the Sparks’ lead to two points (25-23) in the second quarter, but the Sparks continued to battle back. Towards the end of the second quarter, Williams made four three-pointers in a row as part of the team’s 25-15 run. The Sparks led 43-27 at the half.
The Sparks’ biggest weakness this season has been rebounding. They have been held to 29.2 rebounds on the season. Sparks’ star forward Nneka Ogwumike currently leads the team in rebounds (39). Ogwumike finished the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds against the Liberty.
The Liberty’s Tina Charles was held to eight points and 4-11 from the field after the first half. Charles only scored two points in the second half of the game. Amanda Zahui B led the Liberty in scoring with 19 points.
The Sparks scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter and did not look back as they pressed their lead to 72-41 while outscoring the Liberty 19-13. Candace Parker added 15 points to the Sparks victory.
The Sparks (10-3) maintain the top spot in the standings with this bounce back win.