Wednesday September 19, 2012Eight days until title chase begins for WNBA Gators – Sept. 19 Update
Only eight days remain until the 2012 WNBA Playoffs begin as former Gators look to end the regular-season on a high note before the playoffs begin on Sept. 27.
The Los Angeles Sparks continued to show their home-court dominance over the weekend as they outscored their opponents by a combined 36 points in victories over the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun and the Phoenix Mercury.
DeLisha Milton-Jones had double-digit scoring performances in both games, as did the rest of the starting five for Los Angeles. Milton-Jones has started in 199 out of her last 200 games, a stretch that ranges back to 2007 when she was with the Washington Mystics. With just one game remaining in the regular-season for the Sparks, they have put together consecutive wins for the first time since late-August.
The Atlanta Dream came out on top in their only contest of the weekend as former Gator Aneika Henry saw playing time, but did not add much to the Dream’s double-digit victory over a Washington Mystics team that has lost 11 straight.
Atlanta has two games remaining before the playoffs begin and are the only Eastern Conference team with no home games for the remainder of the regular season.
The Sparks will play their final game of the regular season at home against the Minnesota Lynx, which can be seen on Thursday night at 10:30pm EST on NBATV. The Sparks look to tie Minnesota’s WNBA-leading, 16-1 home record in a matchup that could be a Western Conference Finals preview with the Lynx and Sparks coming in one, two in the Western Conference standings.
The Dream are also in action on Thursday night as they take on the Chicago Sky who are one game back of the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta will close their season against the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun on Sunday.