Early Bumps In The Road as the Sparks Lose Their First Game of the Season to the Chicago Sky, 96-78
Los Angeles- The Los Angles Sparks' chemistry is looking troubling early on, as they lost their first game of the season to the Chicago Sky, 96-78.
The first half for the Sparks looked very grim as shots were not falling and they had to climb back into the game by getting to the free-throw line and using their height as an advantage to create some type of quality shots. The Sparks' heart and soul of the team, which is Candace Parker, did not have a good night. Parker played for 31 minutes and had 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Sparks turned the ball over a lot and just could not get the stops that they needed to get back into the game. Brittney Skyes tried to keep the Sparks in the game, as she shot the ball pretty well and finished the game with 16 points, 2 assists, and 5 rebounds, but the deficit was too much.
The second half for the Sparks was disappointing and more of a learning tool. The Sky took it right to them and capitalized off of turnovers, as well as put pressure on the Sparks' bigs. Azura Stevens and Kahleah Copper both finished with 21 points and Allie Quigley contributed with 11 points, as they crushed any hope of a Sparks comeback. The Sparks were outplayed from the start of the game and the energy and effort that this organization is known for was not there. Coach Fisher said," That they will work out the kinks and miscues and will be ready to play on Thursday."