The WNBA playoffs began Thursday and it’s no surprise the toughest matchup was in the Western Conference. No. 2 seed Los Angeles rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to beat No. 3 seed San Antonio 93-86. There were 18 lead changes and 11 ties in the game.
All-Star Candace Parker had a big fourth quarter finishing with 25 points while Kristi Toliver was Kristi Toliver. Awarded the league’s Most Improved Award, she finished with a game-high 29 before about 5,000 fans at Galen Center.
The best-of-three series was played on USC’s campus because of the Batman Live show at Staples Center. Saturday’s game will be at San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum because the Red Hot Chili Peppers are holding a concert at the AT&T;Center.
Sigh. Remember when the WNBA required teams to schedule-in playoff dates? Maybe it should fix that, too.
Anyway, keeping the focus on the game, Parker was a superhero herself. Benched most of the third quarter for poor play, she scored 15 points in the final 13 minutes of the game — including six FTs in the final 34 seconds — to seal the win.