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 evening.

The Solar, who swept the Sparks within the semifinals ultimate 12 months, tackle top-seeded Las Vegas in a best-of-Five semis starting Sunday.

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

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“We’re actually excited, 7-Three within the ultimate two years within the playoffs,” Connecticut trainer Curt Miller mentioned. “Beautiful just right 10 recreation 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 of six earlier than Connecticut completed the second one quarter on a 10-Zero run. It might were 12 instantly issues apart from 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 crew on each ends of the courtroom,” Los Angeles trainer Derek Fisher mentioned. “(We neglected) 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 actually just right defender and rebounder, Most significantly her presence from a management stand level is helping our crew to stick focused some instances.”

Megastar guard Chelsea Grey was once held to only 4 issues and did not have an help for the primary time since their loss to Minnesota within the ultimate recreation of the WNBA Finals in 2016.

The Sparks got here into the sport because the league’s height Three-point capturing crew at slightly below 40% however made handiest 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 through the Sparks all the way through the common season, scrambled to succeed in the playoffs after dropping their first 5 video games. They beat Chicago through 14 of their first-round recreation.

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