(East Los Angeles, CA) May 28, 2022 [From The Editor’s Desk]: As the saying goes, patience is a virtue..and that is what exactly happened in the Sparks first home victory over the Phoenix Mercury on 5/25 at Crypto.Com Arena. They waited until Game #8 to put it all together for their fans, their management, our City of L.A. and our other four surrounding Counties of Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura, by claiming their first home win of the season, (99-95), moving their overall record to (3-5).
As we near the first third of the season’s completion, the team is beginning to show the value of added chemistry and teamwork in their developmental timeline.
Here are the Los Angeles Sparks, now [3-6 overall-8th place], statistical highlights of their win over the Mercury as released by the Team’s Communications Department:
- Five players scored in double-digits; Katie Lou Samuelson (17), Nneka Ogwumike (23), Liz Cambage (21), Lexie Brown (10), and Chennedy Carter (12).
- With her 9th point of the night, Nneka Ogwumike surpassed 4,700 career points.
- With her 3rd assist of the night, Jordin Canada earned her 500th career assist.
- Katie Lou Samuelson had a career high of 17 points.
- Nneka Ogwumike and Katie Lou Samuelson both scored 10 points in the second quarter.
- Liz Cambage scored 21 points and has been in double-figures in all eight games this season.
Phoenix Mercury Highlights:
- Five Mercury players scored in the double digit points; Diamond DeShields (17), Brianna Turner (10), Tina Charles (21), Diana Taurasi (11), and Skylar Diggins-Smith (28).
- Skylar Diggins-Smith had a season high of 28 points, 17 of which were scored before the half.
- Tina Charles scored 10 points in the first quarter.
- Skylar Diggins-Smith has scored in the double-digits in all five games she has played in this season.
- Diamond DeShields surpassed 500 career rebounds.
[Closing Thoughts]: Sustained momentum and the decrease of double-digit turnovers in games will balance the team’s outlook and restoration of confidence to match the spirit and drive that was displayed to all in the season’s Road Games 1 (Sky) & 2 (Indiana). Rest assured, Coach Fisher will continue to stress the embracing of basic fundamentals to win more games.
[Next Up]: At Minnesota Lynx (2-6), Sunday, 5/29 at 4:00 pm PT | Watch on Spectrum SportsNet
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