Sparks Five Game Winning Streak Snapped in Dallas
ARLINGTON, Texas (Aug. 14, 2019) - The Sparks five game winning streak was snapped Wednesday as the Dallas Wings used a career night from Arike Ogunbowale to beat the Sparks 84- 78. Ogwunbowale scored a career-high 35 points and helped the Wings outscore LA 28-14 in the fourth quarter. The Sparks were led by Chelsea Gray who had 22 points and seven assists.
Candace Parker hit Nneka Ogwumike on a high-low action for the Sparks first basket, but the Wings started on 12-2 run thanks to hot shooting, until a Sydney Wiese 3-pointer ended the run. Arike Ogunbowale reached double-figures in the first quarter, helping Dallas build a 23-13 lead.
Maria Vadeeva continued her impressive play off the bench, going on a personal 5-0 run to cut the lead in half, but Brooke McCarty-Williams answered with and-one. Back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year Alana Beard checked in for the first time since July 12 in Indiana, and hit her first field goal attempt to cut the lead to 26-20 after one.
The Sparks started the second quarter on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to two before Imani McGee- Stafford scored and and-one and Ogwunbowale scored again to put the Wings up 31-24. Chelsea Gray responded with an old fashioned 3-point play of her own. Minutes later, Gray again scored plus the foul to tie the game at 33-33. The free throw put Gray in double-fiugres for the 18th time this season. A N. Ogwumike free throw gave the Sparks their first lead of the game at 34-33. The Sparks extended their lead toas much as seven at 42-35, taking advantage of technicals on Isabelle Harrison and the Dallas bench for having six player on the court. LA ended the half with some untimely turnovers to help the Wings chip away and the Sparks took a 42-39 lead into the locker room. Nneka Ogwumike started the second half on a 4-0 run of her own to put her in double-figures for the 20th time this season and the 12th straight game. A Gray layup forced a timeout from Wings head coach and former Sparks coach Brian Agler with the Sparks up 48-39. Wiese's third triple gave the Sparks a 56-46 lead, but the Wings answered with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 60-56. The Sparks closed with four straight to take a 64-56 lead into the fourth quarter.
Glory Johnson hit her fifth 3-pointer of the game to start the fourth quarter and Ogwunbowale added back-to-back pullups to cut the lead to 64-63, before Vadeeva hit a 2-footer. A Johnson basket gave the Wings their first lead since the second quarter at 67-66. Ogunbowale kept attacking and her 26th point gave the Wings a 74-68 lead with four minutes remaining. Ogunbowale would tack on nine more points to score a career-high 35 points. After N. Ogwumike was thrown to the ground, Derek
Fisher was ejected for the first time in his WNBA coaching career for arguing the no-call.
Next Up: The Sparks travel to Chicago for the final game of the two-game trip where they'll play the Sky at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, Aug. 16.
- Alana Beard saw action for the first time since July 12 in Indiana - Sydney Wiese extended her streak to eight consecutive games connecting on a 3-pointer - Chelsea Gray reached double-figues for the 18th time this season, finishing with 22 points and seven assists - Nneka Ogwumike reached double-figures for the 20th time this season and the 12th straight game, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds
- Arike Ogwunbowale finished with a career-high 35 points
- Glory Johnson scored in double-figures with 20 points
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