Sparks hold on with Sykes Scoring

Los Angeles, CA – With .08 left on the clock the Los Angeles Sparks foul Arike Ogunbowale #24 when she drove hard to the basket and crashed into Liz Cabage #1. They say pressure break a pipe but after Ogunbowale first free throw attempt bounce around on the rim and fell out the Sparks 2-point lead appeared to be safe. She then tried to get a lane violation on the second shot which resulted in penalty on Ogunbowale the shooter. No one was ready for what happen next, Ogunbowale kicked and broken something on the scorer’s table in frustration. 

The last thing the Sparks did was toss the ball up high to Cambage to allow clock to hit zero and secure a 93-91 dog fight victory of the Wings at Arena. 

Who knows if those last two free throws drop in and they play overtime. The Wings comeback was led by the ‘Ballerina’ Isabelle Harrison who dropped a team high 20 points along with 8 rebounds. It was like watching the female version of Tim Duncan just so smooth going to work effortlessly. 

Good thing for the Sparks Brittney Sykes off the bench inspired her team with 25 points and 6 assists in only 26 minutes of play. Four other players scored in double figures Cambage with 19 points, Nneka Ogwumike 16 points 10 rebounds, and Katie Lou Samuelson with 13 points. 

Chennedy Carter getting the start in place of Jordin Canada who did not play due to strained left hamstring. Carter played defense on Marina Mabrey and Ogunbowale to atleast slow them down. 

Nneka Ogwumike

The Sparks held a 12-point lead at half that evaporated by the Wings due to 2nd chances points and crashing the boards hard. Before the Sparks could look up the Wings held their largest lead of the game up by three points. 

Despite allowing the Wings to have five players in double figures, it was their defense down the stretch getting key stops that allowed the Sparks to regain the lead and secure the victory. 

Dallas really didn’t have an answer for Cambage in the paint, especially after Teaira McCowan got into foul trouble early and was the only starter not to finish with double digits points.  

“Going through the adversity of the start of the season and having to ask the hard questions right from the start, to me, that will help us over time,” said coach Fisher  

Coach Fisher Sparks are forming before our eyes as a team, with anybody number being called. If they can continue to step up who knows what they will look like coming down the stretch when home games will be flooding the schedule.