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Aneika Henry (left) and DeLisha Milton-Jones (photos: Ron Hoskins, Scott Cunningham/NBADigital)

Friday September 14, 2012WNBA Playoffs now a guarantee for Gators - Sept. 14 Update

Gainesville, Fla.

Aneika Henry (left) and DeLisha Milton-Jones (photos: Ron Hoskins, Scott Cunningham/NBADigital)

The WNBA Gators continued to impress over the course of this week and did so in front of national television audiences with just nine days remaining in the 2012 regular-season.

 

The Atlanta Dream and Aneika Henry officially clinched a playoff spot after their impressive victory over the 2011 WNBA Champion Seattle Storm; the matchup was a rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals in which the Storm won in three games. The game remained tight for the first three quarters until the Dream closed the game on a 22-7 run en route to a 77-61 victory. Henry contributed on the glass by pulling down seven rebounds, with three coming on the offensive end, in just nine minutes on the court.

 

Atlanta is now locked into the third-seed in the Eastern Conference, but their first-round playoff opponent is still unknown with Connecticut and Indiana jockeying for the pole position in the Eastern Conference. The Dream are once again peaking at the right time with the playoffs around the corner as they have won five of their last six games.

 

The Dream will play their final three regular season games under the radar as they will not make a national television appearance until the playoffs begin on Thursday, Sept. 27.

 

The Los Angeles Sparks fought off the Chicago Sky on Thursday night on NBATV with 19 points and five rebounds from DeLisha Milton-Jones in 31 minutes to win 86-77. Milton-Jones went 4 for 4 from the charity stripe against the Sky, which is the fourteenth time this season that Milton-Jones has been perfect at the line. During a stretch that dates back to the 2007 season, Milton-Jones has started 197 out of a total 198 games.

 

Head coach Carol Ross looks to get the Sparks back on track in time for the playoffs after only having won two of their last six games. With the three remaining regular-season games to be played in Los Angeles, the Sparks also look to improve upon their already impressive 13-1 home record.

 

The Sparks’ final three games will be televised on NBATV with the next game being played tonight, Sept. 14, at home against the Connecticut Sun and tip-off is set for 11:00pm EST.

 

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