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Storm-Sparks 2008 Series

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Tuesday, June 24 - at Los Angeles 76, Storm 62
The Storm went to the locker room feeling good about nearly playing Los Angles to a draw in a first half that ended with the Sparks holding a slim two-point lead at the STAPLES Center. However, the third quarter proved ruinous for the Storm, who fell behind by 14 points and lost by the same margin, 76-62. The Storm managed just 10 points in the third quarter; Marie Ferdinand-Harris (nine) nearly matched that total all by herself. The Storm got within nine by the five-minute mark when Brian Agler returned his starters to the game. However, a 6-2 Los Angeles run effectively sealed the game before Candace Parker made history with her second dunk in as many games inside the final minute.


Tanisha Wright led the Storm in minutes and assists against the Sparks.
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The Storm shot 36.1 percent against the league's best defense in terms of opponent shooting percentage. Lauren Jackson could never get untracked, scoring 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting. Sue Bird's 14 points led the team. Parker had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Sparks, while DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 19 and Ferdinand-Harris added 16. The Storm did quiet Lisa Leslie, who had seven points and nine rebounds but shot 2-of-10 from the field.
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Saturday, July 12 - at Storm 70, Los Angeles 52
The Sparks paid their only visit of the regular season to KeyArena on July 12, falling 70-52 to the Storm in one of their most lopsided losses of the year. After a close, defensive first half, the Storm found more offense following halftime to pull away. The 52 Sparks points were a season low and one of the worst scoring outputs in franchise history. The Storm limited Los Angeles to 34.0 percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers.

Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Jackson made life miserable for Parker, blocking five shots. Parker shot 6-of-14 from the field and had five turnovers, while Leslie was held to 2-of-11 shooting and also turned it over five times. Led by 18 points from Bird, four Storm starters scored double-figures. The fifth, Yolanda Griffith, handled the matchup with Leslie and pulled down 12 boards.
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Sunday, Sept. 14 - at Los Angeles 65, Storm 48
With their playoff series set to begin five days later, the Storm and Sparks took different approaches to Sunday's nationally-televised regular-season finale. While L.A. Head Coach Michael Cooper prepared to use his normal rotation, Agler chose to rest starters Bird and Griffith. Both started the game, but left for good before the midway point of the first quarter. By then, the Sparks had already taken command, scoring the game's first 11 points and taking a 15-point lead after one quarter. The Storm never got back in the game, falling 65-48.

The 48 points were a season low for the Storm and the first time the team was held under the half-century mark since August 2003. Shyra Ely was the lone offensive bright spot, scoring a career-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Her eight rebounds also tied a career high. Ely was the only Storm player to reach double-figures. The Sparks got 40 points from their bench, which played extended minutes because of the lopsided score. Ferdinand-Harris led the way with 14 points, while Sidney Spencer scored 11.
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Head-to-Head Stats

PLAYER            G GS  MIN   FG   FGA   PCT  FG  FGA   PCT   FT  FTA   PCT  OFF  DEF  TOT  AST   PF  DQ  STL   TO  BLK   PTS   AVG
Jackson           2  2   56    7    23  .304   1    7  .143    9   10  .900    4    8   12    0    8   0    3    3    5    24  12.0
Cash              2  2   57    9    26  .346   0    0   ---    4    4 1.000    4    8   12    3    5   0    2    3    3    22  11.0
Bird              3  3   64   12    29  .414   3    9  .333    2    2 1.000    1    4    5    7    2   0    2    6    0    29   9.7
Swoopes           2  2   52    7    14  .500   0    3  .000    5    8  .625    2    9   11    6    6   0    1    3    1    19   9.5
Wright            3  1   71    9    35  .257   1    4  .250    4    6  .667    4    7   11    8   10   0    4    4    2    23   7.7
Ely               3  0   43    7    14  .500   2    4  .500    0    0   ---    2    8   10    0    3   0    0    4    1    16   5.3
Beck              2  0   33    3     4  .750   3    4  .750    1    2  .500    1    5    6    3    1   0    2    2    0    10   5.0
Gearlds           3  1   58    4    16  .250   3   10  .300    0    0   ---    0    3    3    2    1   0    1    2    0    11   3.7
Griffith          3  3   47    5     9  .556   0    0   ---    0    4  .000    5   11   16    3    8   0    5    4    1    10   3.3
Little            2  1   33    4     7  .571   0    1  .000    0    0   ---    2    1    3    1    4   0    1    4    0     8   4.0
Robinson          3  0   55    2     8  .250   0    0   ---    0    0   ---    8    5   13    5    5   0    0    5    2     4   1.3
Santos            3  0   29    2     9  .222   0    0   ---    0    0   ---    3    4    7    1    8   0    1    3    1     4   1.3
O'Neill           1  0    2    0     0   ---   0    0   ---    0    0   ---    0    0    0    0    0   0    0    0    0     0   0.0
STORM             3 -   600   71   194  .366  13   42  .310   25   36  .694   36   73  109   39   61   0   22   49   16   180  60.0
SPARKS            3 -   600   74   192  .385   6   31  .194   39   55  .709   34   73  107   47   43   0   21   47   17   193  64.3

                   -- SINGLE-GAME HIGHS --    ----------- AVERAGE PER GAME ------------  -CAREER HIGHS (C=SET, T=TIED THIS SEASON)-
PLAYER            MIN REB AST ST TO BL PTS    MIN   REB   AST    STL    TO    BLK   PTS    FG   FGA    FT   FTA   REB   AST   PTS
Jackson            30   7   0  3  2  5  14   28.0   6.0   0.0   1.50   1.5   2.50  12.0    17    23    15    16    15     4    35
Cash               30   7   2  2  3  3  12   28.5   6.0   1.5   1.00   1.5   1.50  11.0     7    18    11    13    10     7    20
Bird               34   4   4  2  4  0  18   21.3   1.7   2.3   0.67   2.0   0.00   9.7    11    20    10    11     5    12    27
Swoopes            28   8   4  1  2  1  13   26.0   5.5   3.0   0.50   1.5   0.50   9.5    11    29    14    15    10     6    31
Wright             27   4   4  3  2  1  10   23.7   3.7   2.7   1.33   1.3   0.67   7.7     5    14C    5     7     4T    5    11
Ely                29   8   0  0  2  1  16   14.3   3.3   0.0   0.00   1.3   0.33   5.3     7C   11T    3     4     8C    3    16C
Beck               24   4   2  2  1  0   7   16.5   3.0   1.5   1.00   1.0   0.00   5.0     2C    3C    1C    2C    4C    2C    7C
Gearlds            35   2   2  1  1  0   6   19.3   1.0   0.7   0.33   0.7   0.00   3.7     2T   10C    1     1     2C    2T    6T
Griffith           31  12   3  4  3  1   6   15.7   5.3   1.0   1.67   1.3   0.33   3.3    11    20    13    16    16     5    28
Little             29   4   1  1  4  1   8   16.3   2.3   0.3   0.33   1.3   0.33   3.3     4T    9     2     4     7     1T    8T
Robinson           27   5   3  0  4  1   4   18.3   4.3   1.7   0.00   1.7   0.67   1.3     3     7T    2     4     7     3C    7
Santos             20   5   1  1  2  1   2    9.7   2.3   0.3   0.33   1.0   0.33   1.3     1T    8C    2     2     5C    1T    4
O'Neill             2   0   0  0  0  0   0    2.0   0.0   0.0   0.00   0.0   0.00   0.0     0C    0C    0C    0C    0C    0C    0C
STORM             200  47  15 12 21  7  70  200.0  36.3  13.0   7.33  16.3   5.33  60.0    37    76    28    37    47C   21    97
SPARKS            200  44  21 10 20  7  76  200.0  35.7  15.7   7.00  15.7   5.67  64.3    34    74    23    35    48    27    85

                              -FIELD GOALS-   -3-POINT FG--   -FREE THROWS-   --REBOUNDS--
PLAYER            G GS  MIN   FG   FGA   PCT  FG  FGA   PCT   FT  FTA   PCT  OFF  DEF  TOT  AST   PF  DQ  STL   TO  BLK   PTS   AVG
Parker            3  3   72   17    36  .472   1    2  .500   10   14  .714    9   11   20    7    4   0    7    9    7    45  15.0
Milton-Jones      3  3   82   17    28  .607   2    5  .400    6    7  .857    7   10   17    3    9   0    4    5    0    42  14.0
Ferdinand-Harris  3  2   77   15    37  .405   1    3  .333    5    6  .833    4    7   11    3    7   0    2    5    1    36  12.0
Leslie            3  3   73    5    24  .208   0    1  .000    8   16  .500    5   17   22    6    5   0    2    9    6    18   6.0
Dydek             1  0   12    2     4  .500   0    0   ---    0    0   ---    2    1    3    0    0   0    0    0    0     4   4.0
Spencer           3  0   46    5    10  .500   1    4  .250    0    0   ---    0    1    1    3    3   0    1    0    0    11   3.7
Johnson           2  0   30    3    10  .300   0    2  .000    1    2  .500    1    4    5    5    1   0    1    4    0     7   3.5
Masciadri         2  0   25    3     9  .333   0    4  .000    1    2  .500    1    0    1    1    1   0    0    0    0     7   3.5
Brown             3  2   44    3     9  .333   0    1  .000    4    4 1.000    1    3    4    4    3   0    0    3    0    10   3.3
Jacobs            1  0   11    0     2  .000   0    0   ---    2    2 1.000    0    1    1    1    1   0    0    3    0     2   2.0
Moore             1  0   26    1     3  .333   0    0   ---    0    0   ---    0    6    6    3    1   0    0    2    1     2   2.0
Page              2  0   31    1     5  .200   0    0   ---    2    2 1.000    2    4    6    2    2   0    2    2    0     4   2.0
Bobbitt           3  2   51    1    13  .077   1    9  .111    0    0   ---    1    4    5    8    3   0    2    3    0     3   1.0
Thomas            2  0   20    1     2  .500   0    0   ---    0    0   ---    1    4    5    1    3   0    0    0    2     2   1.0
SPARKS            3 -   600   74   192  .385   6   31  .194   39   55  .709   34   73  107   47   43   0   21   47   17   193  64.3
STORM             3 -   600   71   194  .366  13   42  .310   25   36  .694   36   73  109   39   61   0   22   49   16   180  60.0

                   -- SINGLE-GAME HIGHS --    ----------- AVERAGE PER GAME ------------  -CAREER HIGHS (C=SET, T=TIED THIS SEASON)-
PLAYER            MIN REB AST ST TO BL PTS    MIN   REB   AST    STL    TO    BLK   PTS    FG   FGA    FT   FTA   REB   AST   PTS
Parker             34  11   4  4  5  3  22   24.0   6.7   2.3   2.33   3.0   2.33  15.0     7C   15C    7C    8C   11C    4C   22C
Milton-Jones       31   6   3  2  3  0  19   27.3   5.7   1.0   1.33   1.7   0.00  14.0     7T   16     8    12    10     4    22
Ferdinand-Harris   27   5   2  1  2  1  16   25.7   3.7   1.0   0.67   1.7   0.33  12.0     8    19     9    13     7     6    25
Leslie             35  11   3  1  5  4   9   24.3   7.3   2.0   0.67   3.0   2.00   6.0    14    24     8    11    16     5    31
Dydek              12   3   0  0  0  0   4   12.0   3.0   0.0   0.00   0.0   0.00   4.0    10    14    10    10    14     5    22
Spencer            27   1   2  1  0  0  11   15.3   0.3   1.0   0.33   0.0   0.00   3.7     7    12     6     6     6     2T   25
Johnson            20   4   4  1  4  0   7   15.0   2.5   2.5   0.50   2.0   0.00   3.5     5    11     2     2T    8    11    12
Masciadri          16   1   1  0  0  0   4   12.5   0.5   0.5   0.00   0.0   0.00   3.5     3     7C    1C    2C    4     3     7
Brown              21   2   3  0  2  0   6   14.7   1.3   1.3   0.00   1.0   0.00   3.3     6     7     2T    2T    3     3T   16
Jacobs             11   1   1  0  3  0   2   11.0   1.0   1.0   0.00   3.0   0.00   2.0     3     8     2T    2T    3     7     7
Moore              26   6   3  0  2  1   2   26.0   6.0   3.0   0.00   2.0   1.00   2.0     4     7     3     4     6C    3T    9
Page               17   3   2  2  2  0   2   15.5   3.0   1.0   1.00   1.0   0.00   2.0     6    10     2T    4     9     7    12
Bobbitt            24   3   5  2  1  0   3   17.0   1.7   2.7   0.67   1.0   0.00   1.0     1C    5C    0C    0C    3C    5C    3C
Thomas             10   5   1  0  0  2   2   10.0   2.5   0.5   0.00   0.0   1.00   1.0     5     8     5     6     9     3    12
SPARKS            200  44  21 10 20  7  76  200.0  35.7  15.7   7.00  15.7   5.67  64.3    34    74    23    35    48    27    85
STORM             200  47  15 12 21  7  70  200.0  36.3  13.0   7.33  16.3   5.33  60.0    37    76    28    37    47C   21    97