A balanced attack from the Los Angeles Sparks led to an 81-64 victory over a depleted Washington Mystics team in Bradenton, Fla., on Thursday.
Seven different Los Angeles players scored at least eight points, with five notching double figures. Riquna Williams was the leading scorer for the Sparks (6-3) with 13 points off the bench, while Nneka Ogwumike was an efficient 5 of 7 from the field for 12 points.
Washington (3-6), which played with a shortened lineup due to injuries, lost its sixth straight game. The Mystics have not won a game in the month of August.
After a slow start, the Sparks went on a run in the final few minutes of the first quarter. Los Angeles scored on eight straight possessions, with Williams scoring eight points during the stretch, to end the quarter up 26-19.
In the second quarter, the Sparks continued to increase their lead, ending the half up 47-34, but were never able to fully pull away from the Mystics. Ariel Atkins kept Washington close with 16 points in the half and connected on seven of the team's 14 made shots.
In the third quarter, however, Atkins struggled to make as big of an impact, taking only two shots. Emma Meesseman scored eight points to level the Mystics as the Sparks increased their lead, but only by one point at 64-50.
Los Angeles finally started pulling away in the middle of the fourth quarter, scoring on six consecutive trips down the floor to go up by 20.
Washington's leading scorer Aerial Powers missed her third straight game due to a right hamstring injury, while Kiara Leslie missed her first game of the season due to two sprained ankles.
--Field Level Media