The Seattle Storm beat the Los Angeles Sparks 73-66 Thursday afternoon at the Staples Center.
Seattle was led by Tina Thompson, who had 23 points and 8 rebounds. Thompson was 8-13 from the field, including 3-4 from distance in the first quarter alone. Thursday’s game marked the last time Thompson will play a regular season game in Los Angeles during her WNBA career. Thompson is set to retire at the end of the year after 17 seasons in the WNBA. Tanisha Wright added 15 points and Temeka Johnson chipped in with 12.
Seattle raced out to a 24-12 lead after the first quarter – a season high scoring output for the Storm while holding LA to a season low opponent first quarter scoring. Seattle also held Los Angeles to just one first quarter rebound. Maintaining the lead through the second, Seattle led 41-27 at the half. The Sparks responded, outscoring Seattle 21-12 in the third.
For the second time in as many games, Los Angeles had to climb back from a double-digit deficit, closing the gap to as little as one, but never tied or pulled ahead in the second half.
Los Angeles Sparks center Candace Parker led all scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kristi Toliver added 13 points on the loss for the Sparks.
With the win, the Storm finishes the first half of the season 7-10. The next Storm game will take place after the All-Star break on August 1 when the Storm host the Phoenix Mercury in Seattle. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.