(Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center)—Game Preview: The visiting L.A. Sparks (13-9), reeling from a recent 2-4 record, squared off with the Las Vegas Aces (10-12) in a return match-up on Sunday, 7/15. The highly enthusiastic crowd was expecting another victory for its up-and-coming team, but the Candace Parker/AKA CP3-led Sparks had other ideas on their minds.
Brief Game Recap: The game started off and stayed pretty even through the first three quarters. Then, in the 4th period, Candace Parker, the 3rd leading vote getter (with 35K +) for the upcoming All-Star game, went into overdrive and nearly racked up another “triple-double,” as she put on a performance that ALL basketball fans could truly appreciate. Summing up the Sparks going away victory was a powerful (33-11) run in the final period. It was propelled by three artistic 3 pointers from Parker, the team’s leading scorer, averaging 17.6 ppg, and currently in the 11th overall position among League scorers. And, adding to their breakout numbers, the Sparks scored a season high 35 points in the quarter. For her outstanding efforts during the Sparks’ (2-1) week, Parker was named the WNBA’s Western Conference’s “Player of the Week” for the 23rd time, second most in history behind the New York Liberty’s Tina Charles (29).
With the win, the Sparks moved to (14-9) while the Aces dropped to (10-13). Game Attendance: 4,810. Follow the Sparks all season and into the Playoffs here.
Major Game Highlights:
- Candace Parker scored 34 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added 9 assists. It was her 6th “double-double” of the season.
- Chelsea Gray shot a perfect 9-for-9 from the field to give her 22 points and 6 assists.
- Nneka Ogwumike scored 15 and has been in double figures in all 20 appearances this season.
- Sparks held Aces’ center, A’ja Wilson to 6-for-20 (30%) shooting on the night. She is currently in 6th place in overall League scoring leaders, averaging 19.8 ppg.
Sparks Game Stat-Line: Candace Parker/34 pts/11 rebs/9 assts/2 blks; Nneka Ogwumike/15 pts/7 rebs/1 asst/2 stls/2 blks; Chelsea Gray/22 pts/6 assts/2 rebs/1 stl; Essence Carson/11 pts/3-4 (3ptFGA)/2 rebs/3 stls.
Exclusive “Road-Game” Photo Gallery: Erik Sarni, East L.A. Sports Scene Productions