The Los Angeles Sparks Have Defeated Indiana Fever
A 3 by Tiffany Mitchell put Indiana Fever up by 1 point with 8:02 left to play in the second. The Los Angeles Sparks, however, managed to turn it over on the next trip, thanks to a miscommunication between Alana Beard and Candace Parker. The Sparks responded at once, and seized total control of the quarter with a run of 11 – 0.
Parker managed to block 2 shots during this span, and Riquana Williams and Nneka Ogwumike both came away with a steal each, and Indiana Fever turned it over again. Jantel Lavender and Ogwumike went on to find easy scores, cutting to the hoop, and Sydney Wiese hit a 3 from the left-hand corner off an on-target extra-pass delivered by Chelsea Gray. The only thing that would trim the deficit to inside 10 was a deep-3 off-glass from Wheeler inside of 2 seconds.
A Second Start for Natalie Achonwa
Natalie Achonwa started her 2nd game of this season against the Los Angeles Sparks. In the previous Indiana Fever contest Achonwa managed to put up 7 points and 5 boards in just 24 minutes, and her line on Monday was relatively similar: she put 6 points and 8 boards up in 21 minutes.
Achonwa’s shake-up is definitely one worth monitoring. The question is, can this change assist Indiana Fever in terms of their defence? And can Achonwa handle a couple more post-ups in each game?
Jantel Lavender Knows Where to Go
Jantel Lavender’s Monday line was made up of 5 points and 3 assists, with a playing time of 19 minutes. And there has been a buzz about continuity this year, with the Lynx and the Sparks, which Lavender really embodied with her play in Monday’s game.
Lavender is perhaps best known for her knock-down shooting close to the elbows. She has been testing the waters with the 3 of late, as well. On Monday she revealed that she could also identify when to dive hard to the rim and hold on to her seal in the lane’s midsection. She performed excellently in terms of defensive play, and managed to anticipate a number of drives by Mitchell and Wheeler excellently.
We all know Wheeler enjoys snaking a pick and roll, coming off the screen and then crossing back over to the middle when there is too much of a cushion from the big. Lavender managed to anticipate that cross, and this meant that Wheeler knocked into her.
The final score for this game was 84 – 62.
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