One more into the playoffs

The Mercury beat the Sparks last night to clinch a playoff spot. The 93-77 victory came despite Sparks forward Candace Parker’s 32 points (27 at the end of the third quarter), and guard Kristi Toliver’s 23 (including six three-point shots).

The Sparks are two games behind San Antonio for the fourth playoff spot in the Western Conference. The two teams play Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Speaking of the Silver Stars, they fell to the Storm last night, 70-60.

Other news:

The Atlanta Dream has announced an ownership transition. Kathy Betty will hand over the reins to Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler.

The University of Washington’s Kristi Kingma will miss the upcoming season after tearing her ACL.