Ogwumike and Parker dominate as the Mystics fall to the Sparks


Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (10 points (3-6 FG), 4 assist and 3 rebounds) was a bright spot in an otherwise forgetful night for the Mystics

In the last game before the WNBA takes a month long break for Olympic play, the Washington Mystics (9-15) were eager to go into the break with momentum by beating the Los Angeles Sparks (21-3), the leagues top team. The Sparks put a halt to that right away. With the Sparks do everything star forward Candace Parker setting the tone from the start by hitting her first four shots, the Sparks would rout the Mystics 95-75. Washington had it's moments where they would go on runs and make the game respectable, however, losing the rebound battle (32-18) and shooting 26 percent from three were the difference in the game. Nneka Ogwumike (24 points (6-7 FG), 14 rebounds) and Parker (18 points (8-11 FG), 6 assist and 5 rebounds) were dominant, combining for 42 points and 19 rebounds. Mystics forward Emma Meesseman finished with 16 points (7-12 FG) while guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 10 points (3-6 FG), 4 assist and 3 rebounds.

The Mystics shot 46% from the field, 26% from 3-point range and 83% from the line while the Sparks were hitting on all cylinders, shooting 55% from the field, 44% from 3-point range and 82% from the stripe.

The Mystics will next take on the Indiana Fever August 27th at 7 pm after Olympic play wraps up.

Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike was unstoppable, posting 24 points (6-7 FG, 11-12 FT) and 14 rebounds in the win

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