In the Fever’s 84-70 win over the Sky, they snapped a three-game losing streak and broke the six-game winning streak of their opponents.
Tamika Catchings also surpassed Lisa Leslie as the all-time career free throws leader in making her 1,478th shot.
The Silver Stars dominated overtime to beat the Sparks, 98-85.
Coach post-game quotes:
Silver Stars Head Coach Dan Hughes
(On needing to have a weak practice coming off the Seattle game…)
“I thought by and large we did that, it’s just that L.A. is a confident team. They’re going to make runs at you and they did. I thought they shot the ball extremely well and Candace (Parker) is such a difficult guard for us and we were fortunate they’re coming off three games in four days.”
(On being pleased about the tempo of the game and a strong overtime effort…)
“We tried to keep the tempo up. I was pleased to see us deal with the fact that good teams are going to come back like L.A. did and then we had to sub in the overtime because we were starting to get tired with that group and then the new group jelled in the overtime and gave us good play. That’s what good teams do in those situations. Good teams like L.A. are going to make runs at you and us becoming a good team means we answer those runs.”
(On a wide variety of players stepping up …)
“Our bench is huge. You’re looking at 36 points off of them, we had 41 last time, and that’s just a real signature for us and part of our DNA. ”
(On leadership of Sophia Young…)
“The leadership of Sophia Young was amazing. Sophia Young played with an intensity that was infectious for us. I’ve benefited from watching a lot of Sophia’s games but that one really showed not only her offensive end but her defensive end, she was incredibly active and really led us in this situation.”
Los Angeles Sparks Coach Carol Ross
(Thoughts on the game…)
“I was incredibly proud of our team. I thought we had to overcome a lot of obstacles and adversity playing without Nneka (Ogwumike). We have two players at home with injuries, were short handed on a back-to-back, and I thought there was a lot of adversity over the course of the game, which we couldn’t overcome.”
(On the players being fatigued in overtime after playing the night before…)
“I think that and a couple of other factors probably took a little wind out of our sails.”
(On defending Sophia Young…)
“I thought we guarded her as hard as we could. She made some incredible shots. She is a great player and she’s a handful. Obviously her offense was a little better than our defense, but that’s all on her. She played great.”
The Sparks were missing rookie starter Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who flew to Stanford University for her graduation tomorrow.
After having played three games in four days, the Sparks head back to Los Angeles to have a day off tomorrow, followed by Monday and Wednesday home games.