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Proving You're TOUGH! - LA Sparks Lay the Smack Down on Liberty

Balance Equals Big "Tough" Win!

The LA Sparks brought home a big win against the New York Liberty. If you're wondering what a coach in the WNBA thinks about their team when everything comes together then just ask Sparks coach Carol Ross.

"We now have a lot of quality players we can lean on. When you get balanced scoring, it brings a lot of confidence and that's what we have on our team now,'' Ross said. "We're a tough team, and I don't use the word tough loosely."

Ross has every right to talk her teams skills. The Sparks took down the Liberty 85-67.

Well Rounded Scoring

The Sparks were led by Reserve Forward Jantel Lavender who was 9 of 13 for 18 points in the win. She also had eight rebounds and this was her second straight game scoring 18 points. Kristi Toliver followed with 16 points for the Sparks. Lindsey Harding added 12 points as did Candace Parker in her second game back.

"We're hitting our stride, but we certainly haven't peaked yet,'' Parker said. "It's definitely a good sign when we get production from everyone." 

Parker nailed it with her thoughts. It's hard to beat a well rounded team scoring effort. Kristi Toliver agreed and also said the team is progressing well.

"Lately, we've been deadly outside and been able to make plays, said Toliver. "It's definitely a good feeling, because we struggled for a bit, but we've continued to grow and progress as a team.'' 

Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty with 22 points and Plenette Pierson added 12, the only New York players in double figures. Not helping was the fact that the Liberty were only 29 percent (11-for-37) from the floor during the first half. The Sparks were shoot at 50 percent allowing them to keep the Liberty at arms length during the entire game.

Quotes via WNBA.com Picture via NEWScred.

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