Four-time WNBA Champ and Olympic gold medalist Tina Thompson broke out of a four game slump and led the Sparks to a 73-63 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars. Thompson scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for a double double.
In the absence of Candace Parker the Sparks have struggled to find a rhythm. Without a center the Sparks have been experimenting with a three-guard type of line up. Last night Tina Thompson moved into the five position and the team flowed much better.
The true test came in the third quarter where the Sparks have had difficulty maintaining a comfortable first half lead. Starting the first half with a 15-point lead San Antonio closed the gap and tied the game at the 3:01 mark.
The lead changed hands several times during the forth quarter until 4:43 left in the game when the Sparks ran up a 12 point lead and pulled down 13 rebounds. One of the Spark’s biggest problems has been a lack of rebounding. Averaging only 27 rebounds per game versus their opponents 39.
Noelle Quinn finished with 13 points, Ticha Penicheiro with 12, and Delisha Milton-Jones finished with 10. In the volatile western conference the Sparks, now (4-11), are still one and a half games up on the last place Tulsa Shock and only one game out of third place.