October 25, 2016
October 21, 2016
The Los Angeles Sparks are your 2016 WNBA World Champions; their third title in franchise history. The Sparks took down the defending champion Minnesota Lynx on their home court 77-76. Lead by Candace Parker who finished the game with 28 points 12 rebounds and 3 steals, winning her first WNBA title.
October 20, 2016
Candace Parker is one of the most decorated women’s basketball players in the world. She led the Tennessee Lady Vols to back to back national championships and was the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. Parker has won two WNBA Most Valuable Player Awards, the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award, WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2013), and two Olympic gold medals. She has also been selected to six All-WNBA teams and three All-Star teams. However, Parker has yet to win a WNBA title and tonight, for the first time in her eight year career, she has a shot to finally call herself a WNBA World Champion. The Los Angeles Sparks take on Minnesota Lynx at 8pm ET on ESPN2.
October 20, 2016
Game 5 of the WNBA Finals is tonight as the LA Sparks are on the road to take on the defending champion Minnesota Lynx. With the series tied at 2 games a piece, the Lynx will attempt to be the first team since the LA Sparks to win back-to-back titles. The Sparks won titles in 2001 and 2002 but fell short to the Detroit Shock in 2003. Tune into ESPN 2 at 8pm ET to see if Candace Parker will finally win an elusive WNBA title or will the Lynx repeat as champions. Meanwhile, check out some highlights from the LA Sparks back-to-back WNBA titles.
October 18, 2016
A few stars were in the building for Game 4 of the WNBA Finals but most notable was Laker all-time great Kobe Bryant who was in attendance with his wife Vanessa and two daughters Gianna and Natalia. Hear his thoughts on the game and who who thinks has his #MambaMentality.
October 11, 2016
As Maya Moore seeks her fourth WNBA championship she continues to stamp her name in the history books of women’s basketball. Her latest, becoming the all-time scoring leader in the WNBA finals. Surpassing fellow UCONN Huskie Diana Taurasi who held the title with 262 points, Maya has 268 points and counting…
June 20, 2016
Both the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx have already made history this season. Both teams are currently undefeated; The Lynx are 12-0 and the Sparks are 11-0. After tomorrow’s afternoon game only one team will remain undefeated in the WNBA and it’s difficult to guess which one will continue on without a loss. Already, tomorrow’s matchup will be historic. It will be the first time in history that two teams from the WNBA, NBA, NFL, MLB, or NHL have met with each team having 10+ wins, no losses and no ties. Let’s break it down a bit to see if we can get any closer to figuring out who may come out on top.
The Sparks and the Lynx are pretty evenly matched statistically. The Lynx lead the WNBA in points per game averaging 87.8 with 48.6 FG pct. while the Sparks are not too far behind with 86.9 points per game but with a little higher shooting percentage at 49.8%. Both teams also share the ball pretty evenly with the Lynx averaging 20.7 assists per game and the Sparks 21.1. If you pulled up both team’s stats you’d see that their averages are pretty much the same across the board. There really aren’t any major differences in their performance as a team. I guess defensively, the Lynx give up more points to their opponents. Against the Lynx teams average 74.2 points while against the Sparks, opposing teams’ average 71.4. Again, not a huge difference.
Individually, Maya Moore is currently 3rd in the league in scoring with an average of 19.7 points per game. For the Sparks Nneka Ogwmike is 7th in the league in scoring at 17.6 and Candace Parker rounds out the top 10 with 16.5 points per game. There are four olympians in the starting lineup for the Lynx. Moore, Augustus, Whalen and Fowles will all compete for a gold medal this summer in Brazil. The Sparks don’t have any American olympians on the squad for the games in Rio but the snub of leaving 2-time gold medalist Candace Parker off the team is still fresh in the minds of us all. Ogwmike is having an amazing season for the Sparks! She has been Ms. Consistent this season and recently broke the WNBA record for field goals made in a game without a miss. She hit all 12 of her shots in their win against the Dallas Wings earlier this month. Alana Beard, who has struggled with injury in the past is playing some of her best basketball these days. She has been a lock down defender for the Sparks and will force Moore to work to get the shots that she wants. Toliver is shooting almost 47% from the 3pt line while averaging 14 points per game. The X-Factor for the Sparks is Jantel Lavender who is very effective coming off the bench. She’s shooting over 50% from the field and forces defenses to rotate because she has a great mid range jumper. In order for LA to win this game their bench has to outplay the Lynx’s bench. [Read more…]