Liberty, Sparks force third games

The Liberty made a statement today, evening the series with the Mystics by crushing them, 86-68. A passionate Tina Charles lead New York with 22 points.

Then the Sparks shook off their third-quarter curse and beat the Lynx, 81-71.

Both series continue Tuesday.

Tomorrow night is the third game in the Sky-Fever series. Tipoff in Chicago is 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern.

Last night the Shock ended their WNBA era in Tulsa with a loss to the Mercury. Phoenix won, 91-67, for the series sweep.

Liberty:

Sugar is an ingredient of success.

Katie Smith, an assistant coach with potential, is biding her time with the Liberty.

Stars:

have plenty of questions to answer.

No kidding. So I guess coach Dan Hughes is staying?

Quote outtakes:

In today’s post-game Lynx-Sparks press conference, Los Angeles coach Brian Agler said he asked the team today if they’d watched last night’s Fever-Sky game, where Indiana prevailed and forced a third game.

“The one thing that jumped out at me about the Indiana game is that Tamika Catchings wouldn’t let them lose,” he said.

Later, he said Candace Parker is “extremely hungry” to continue into the playoffs, which is why she’s been playing so passionately since her return.

“What she did today reminded me of Tamika Catchings last night. It’s not just the scoring, it’s the rebounding, how actively she is defensively, getting deflections. She’s elevating her presence, she’s making plays. She’s an extremely smart player,” he said.

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