Posted: Sep 29, 2012 4:09 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2012 4:09 PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Candace Parker scored 32 points and the Los Angeles Sparks swept their Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Silver Stars with a 101-94 victory Saturday.
Kristi Toliver added 23 points, Alana Beard 17 and DeLisha Milton-Jones 10 for the Sparks (25-10).
Sophia Young had 23 points for San Antonio (21-14), which took three of four from Los Angeles during the regular season. Jia Perkins added 16 points, Becky Hammon 15, Danielle Adams 12 and Shameka Christon 11.
Los Angeles advances to face the winner of the Minnesota-Seattle series. The defending WNBA champion Lynx have a 1-0 lead entering tomorrow's game at home.
The Sparks advanced after surviving a furious rally in the fourth by the Silver Stars.
Milton-Jones' three-point play completed a 15-2 run by the Sparks for a 73-51 lead with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
San Antonio outscored Los Angeles 28-19 in the final quarter, but the Sparks went 7 for 8 on free throws in the final 2 minutes to seal the victory.
After trailing by as many as 22 points, Christon made a pair of free throws to forge a 90-all tie with 3 minutes left in the game.
Nneka Ogwumike's jumper and a pair of free throws by Parker gave Los Angeles a 94-90 lead that they would not relinquish.
Perkins and Christon hit consecutive 3s to cap a 13-0 run that brought San Antonio within 82-74
The Sparks' defense spurred a 12-0 run beginning early in the first quarter.
The Silver Stars went on a 6-0 run at the close of the first to pull within 23-16, but Tolliver calmly made a 3-pointer over Adams with 2.6 seconds left to extend the lead to 26-16.
Parker scored 10 points in the first quarter.
The Silver Stars were forced out of the AT&T Center due to a sold-out concert by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and into the Freeman Coliseum. Game officials had to use an air horn during timeouts and there were no video screens available for the public.