The Los Angeles Sparks had a home record of 19-1 this season. So when Minnesota came in to face them in game three of the WNBA finals. They knew their hands were going to be full.
Los Angeles Sparks center Nneka Ogwumike scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Odyssey Simm added 16 and Chelsea Gray chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. As the Sparks beat the Lynx 75-64 in game 3 of the series. The win puts the Sparks just one win from becoming back to back WNBA champs. A feat they accomplished during the 2001-02 seasons.
Once again Minnesota started off slow. They set a WNBA finals record low by only scoring 8 points in the first period. They fell behind by double figures several times before pulling within one in the fourth quarter.
With six minutes and change left in the game. Minnesota down 57-58 Candice Parker blocked an Alexis Jones driving layup. The shot would’ve given the Lynx their first lead of the game. The Sparks then proceeded to go on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Maya Moore led Minnesota with 16 points. Sylvia Fowles added 15 points and 11 rebounds, Seimone Augusta and Lindsay Whalen were both held scoreless. Which obviously could’ve changed the outcome of this game.The Sparks can now end this series with a win Sunday night at the Staples Center.
For the third straight game, the Sparks left the court before the singing of the National Anthem. The first two times they were in Minnesota and got booed. The fans in Los Angeles did not boo as they returned to the court at the Staples Center.
They’re protesting the injustices black people and other minorities suffer at the hand of police in this country. WNBA players have always been on the forefront of social issues and injustices that affect people in this country.