Sparks come home hopeful after 7-game winless road trip

The Los Angeles Sparks are eager to break their seven-game winless road streak and find their winning momentum at home, following their return from a lengthy journey. Guard Zia Cooke, a key player for the team, is optimistic about the team’s potential, believing that staying together and focusing on defense will be crucial to achieving success. Forward Azurá Stevens, who is yet to play this season due to injury, also expresses confidence in the team’s ability to improve their defensive performance, specifically emphasizing the need for more stops.

Coach Curt Miller views the team’s current roster predicament, limited by injuries with only nine active players, as a unique opportunity for players to step up and show their worth. A recent bright spot for the team has been Cooke’s increased playing time and improved scoring performance, averaging 31 points in her last three games.

Unfortunately, the Sparks have struggled defensively, allowing 94.3 points per game over their past three matches, including a 92-78 loss to Phoenix. Forward Dearica Hamby has consistently been a scoring threat, achieving a game-high 29 points against the Mercury. However, the team’s inability to sustain their performance during the second half and when opponents make adjustments has hindered their success.

Despite the recent setbacks, the Sparks are looking forward to a four-game homestand, starting against the Washington Mystics on Tuesday. The teams, both positioned at the bottom of the WNBA standings, will be aiming to secure their fifth win of the season. Rookie forward Cameron Brink and guard Lexie Brown are both out due to season-ending injuries and indefinite absences, respectively.

The return of Azurá Stevens, who is back at full-contact practice and anticipates her season debut before the Olympic break on July 21, is a positive development for the Sparks. The veteran forward averaged 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in her first season with the team and believes she can help the team rectify the mistakes that have been preventing them from securing wins.

.st1{display:none}See more