Candace Parker put on a show today, leading the Sparks over the Shock, 92-73. Parker had a season-high 33 points in helping Los Angeles earn a playoff berth – the 15th for the franchise, which is the most in WNBA history. Nneka Ogwumike added 26 points, while Jantel Lavender and Ana Dabovic each added 10.
A while later, the Liberty sealed the top seed in the East by downing the Lynx, 75-71. Minnesota turned the ball over on four of their last five possessions in the loss, in an “offensive malfunction.”
In the day’s first game, the Dream handed the Mystics their fourth straight loss, 73-67. Atlanta still has slim playoff chances.
The Sky routed the Storm, 93-65. Elena Delle Donne crossed the 1,500-point career mark, in only her third season. Seattle is officially eliminated from playoff contention.
So the West playoff spots are taken, and the Mystics and Dream are still battling for that last East slot.
Only one more week of regular-season play.