Bonner, Sun eliminate Sparks 73-58, head for semifinals

DeWanna Bonner scored 17 issues with 13 rebounds and the seventh-seeded Connecticut Solar eradicated the third-seeded Los Angeles Sparks 73-59 on Thursday night time.

The Solar, who swept the Sparks within the semifinals ultimate yr, tackle top-seeded Las Vegas in a best-of-Five semis starting Sunday.

Alyssa Thomas added 19 issues to steer 5 Solar avid gamers in double figures.

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“We’re in point of fact excited, 7-Three within the ultimate two years within the playoffs,” Connecticut trainer Curt Miller mentioned. “Beautiful just right 10 sport stretch.”

The Solar jumped out to a 22-Eight lead and led from there after the Sparks shot simply 21% within the opening quarter. The Sparks rallied inside six earlier than Connecticut completed the second one quarter on a 10-Zero run. It could had been 12 directly issues with the exception of Bonner’s layup settled at the again of rim and remained there because the groups headed off the ground.

Briann January hit a Three-pointer early within the fourth quarter to offer the Solar their greatest lead of 20.

Candace Parker had 22 issues and 14 rebounds for the Sparks, who have been with out third-leading scorer Nneka Ogwumike, sidelined with a migraine.

“Nneka does so much for us as a group on each ends of the courtroom,” Los Angeles trainer Derek Fisher mentioned. “(We overlooked) her potency offensively on an evening when it was once tricky to seek out some rhythm on that finish of the ground. She’s a in point of fact just right defender and rebounder, Most significantly her presence from a management stand level is helping our group to stick targeted some instances.”

Big name guard Chelsea Grey was once held to only 4 issues and did not have an lend a hand for the primary time since their loss to Minnesota within the ultimate sport of the WNBA Finals in 2016.

The Sparks got here into the sport because the league’s height Three-point capturing group at just below 40% however made most effective 2 of 18 in opposition to the Solar, lacking their first 12. The 59 issues have been the fewest this season for Los Angeles.

The Solar, swept by way of the Sparks right through the common season, scrambled to succeed in the playoffs after dropping their first 5 video games. They beat Chicago by way of 14 of their first-round sport.

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