Los Angeles 69, Sacramento 58
Mabika, Leslie Power Sparks Past Monarchs
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (Ticker) -- Mwadi Mabika and the Los Angeles Sparks were quite glad to be home again.
Mabika scored eight of her 16 points in the third quarter as the Sparks snapped a three-game slide with a 69-58 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Playing at the Staples Center for the first time since July 18 following a season-high eight-game road trip, Los Angeles pulled away in the third period to win its fifth consecutive home game.
With the Sparks leading, 32-31, with 8:08 left in the period, Jessica Moore scored seven straight points and Mabika added a technical foul shot to cap an 8-0 run. Mabika hit a 3-pointer and later added a running jumper for a 45-38 advantage with 3:21 to go.
Los Angeles held a 56-46 lead entering the fourth quarter. Sacramento got no closer than eight points thereafter.
Mabika wrapped up a stellar showing in the three-game sweep of the Monarchs this season, scoring 22.3 points on 58 percent (25-of-43) from the field. The 30-year-old forward tied a WNBA record with seven 3-pointers in an 80-69 victory here June 18. Lisa Leslie had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Moore scored 11 points for the Sparks (24-9), who have clinched the Western Conference and close out the regular season against Minnesota on Sunday.
Kara Lawson scored 18 points and DeMya Walker added 12 for Sacramento (20-12), which is locked into second place in the West.