Los Angeles Sparks welcome the Connecticut Sun
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
The Sparks kicked off their first home game against the Connecticut Sun this past Friday night at Staples Center. Having lost their initial game in Las Vegas 5 days ago, they were eager to get a win in front of their home crowd as well as avenge their 3 consecutive losses to the Sun from last season. Though the Sparks will be without their top player in Candace Parker, they will have Chiney Ogwumike on their side, after an off-season acquisition in the summer.
Coming into Staples Center this past Friday night, the Connecticut Sun will be led by the 2018 WNBA Sixth Woman of the year Jonquel Jones. Having recorded her 25th career double-double last weekend against Washington. She also narrowly missed another double-double against Indiana earlier in the week and prove she would be a force the Sparks would need to be reckoned with.
As the Sparks won the first quarter on the back of Nneka Ogwumike’s 8 points. Chelsea Gray led the team with 2 assists while her teammates tallied 2 more for a total of 4 assists in that first quarter. While Jonquel Jones led the Sun with 7 points of her own. Nneka chipped in an additional 7 points in the 2nd to bring her total to 15 points for the half, to lead all scorers in the first half. While Jones led the Sun with 9 points and 11 rebounds.
The Sparks extended their lead to 9 points at the end of the third quarter. Though the Suns mounted a comeback with a great start in the 4th on the strength of Jones’s 18 rebounds through 3 quarters. This spirited game became highly competitive as the 4th quarter came to close. The Oqwumike sisters closed out the Suns with a couple of big plays.
With the Sparks holding on to a slim lead late in the game. Chiney leaped high to grab a rebound over 2 Sun players, to get the rebound and 1 and extend the Sparks lead. After the Sun responded with a 3 pointer, Nneka Ogwumike responded with a three-pointer of her to close the game out for the Sparks.
Rebounding from their initial loss the Las Vegas, new Head Coach Derek Fisher earned his first win as a Sparks Head Coach in this exciting matchup. He was also congratulated by, likely his most famous teammate, Kobe Bryant. Fisher, also said Kobe was invited to any practice he cared to attend. Let me know your thoughts about the Sparks postseason by sharing your thoughts with us by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or reaching out to us on twitter @whatsgoodinsports. Your feedback is very much welcomed and appreciated!