A masterful performance by the Storm's Temeka Johnson who scored 18 points, and Tina Thompson who scored 17 points and 10 rebounds, proved to be too much for the Los Angeles Sparks who were routed 77-57 in Seattle.
"It's playoff time and our mindset has changed," said Johnson who's team is fighting to hold on that fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Storm ended the first quarter was a close two point lead, but in the second quarter they jumped out to a gigantic lead behind two solid 6-0 runs. The Sparks defense took a nap in the second quarter and allowed 51 points in the first half. The Storm shot an outstanding 57% from field for the 51-37 halftime lead. They didn't escape more tragedy as they lost forward Shekinna Stricklen to an Achilles injury in the second quarter.
Stricklen finished with nine points before her untimely exit from the game.
The Sparks opened up the third quarter with a much better defensive effort and over came a 14 point paucity against Seattle to only trail 55-47.
Seattle pulled away and outscored the Sparks in the third quarter after causing major turnovers.
Tameka Johnson lead the 9-0 run in the fourth quarter that allowed Seattle to create a significant lead. The Storms' defense only allowed the Sparks to score 20 points in the second half on 29% shooting.
Sparks committed 17 turnovers in the game, and blew an opportunity to keep pace with the Minnesota Lynx for first place in the West.
"We weren't able to maintain that intensity," Ogwumike said. "That bit us ... in the end."
The playoff teams, we match up very well against them," Tina Thompson said. "Our personnel is very similar to those teams with winning records, and I really think it's the match ups more than anything."
The Sparks return home to face the Tulsa Shock on Sunday at Staples Center.