The 10-0 Los Angeles Sparks have a chance to tie the WNBA record for most consecutive wins to start a season tonight, but they have to get past the Phoenix Mercury first.
The Sparks broke their own franchise record for best season start on Tuesday with a win over the Sky. The same night, the Minnesota Lynx won to go 11-0 and break their previous league record. Minnesota doesn’t play again until Sunday, so if Los Angeles wins at home this evening, the two teams would be tied.
But the Mercury, who have won four of their last six games, will be a formidable obstacle. After a slow start to the season, Phoenix has picked up momentum the last few weeks. Veteran forward Diana Taurasi has scored 31 points in each of their last two games, and the Mercury have been pushing through opponent runs in games where they had collapsed before.
Sparks coach Brian Agler said the Sparks’ win streak isn’t something he or the team talk about during practices, or off court.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time, trying to improve and get better each day,” he said.
Tonight’s game tips at 7:30 p.m. Pacific.