Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Sparks got double figure points and overall solid performances from four of its starters to overcome Connecticut Sun 91-78 Tuesday at the Staples Center.
Candace Parker collected 28 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two blocks, Nneka Ogwumike had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Lindsey Harding added 18 points and four steals and Alana Beard posted 11 points along with four steals and eight rebounds.
The Sparks started hot, getting 12 points from Parker as the Sun committed seven turnovers to take a commanding 29-12 lead after the the first quarter.
Iziane Castro Marquez scored seven points within 2:27 of the second to ignite a 14-4 Sun rally at the start of the second quarter to get within 33-26.
But the Sparks doused the Suns rally with a collective efforst from its starters to lead 49-35 at halftime.
Beard, Ogwumike and Parker kept the heat on the Sun, scoring six points againts only two by Tan White to push the lead to 18.
Connecticut pulled within nine points three times late the third quarter, and Parker answered back everytime.
The Sun cut the deficit to 12 on a 3-pointer by Castro Marques with 6:47 remaining, but Sparks answered with an 11-2 run to make it 84-70 with just over three minutes left.
With the win, the Sparks (20-8) remain one game behind Minnesota for first place in the Western Conference.
Castro Marques scored a season-high 19 points, Tina Charles had 18 points and nine rebounds and Mistie Bass had a season-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Connecticut (7-20), which lost its fifth straight.