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Brown’s sharpshooting leads Sparks to third win of the season

Lexie Brown records 16 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds as the Los Angeles Sparks secure their third win of the season at Crypto.com Arena.

LOS ANGELES– Dearica Hamby and Lexie Brown lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a strong fourth-quarter performance, securing an 81-72 victory over the Dallas Wings at Crypto.com Arena on Friday night.

Brown contributed 14 points coming off the bench, excelling from beyond the arc. The Sparks’ effective perimeter defense limited the wings to 2 for 15 shooting from three.

Defense was the determining factor in the Sparks’ third win of the season.

Wings’ stars Arike Ogunbowale and Maddy Siegrist led the team with a combined 43 points. However, Ogunbowale struggled from the three-point line, going 0 for 9.

Dallas scored six points off the bench while the Sparks scored 30 points, led by Brown with 14 points.

Despite a slow start for Los Angeles, allowing the Wings to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

Rae Burrell was the first player to come off the bench for Curt Miller’s team in the first quarter. Her entry into the game provided a much-needed energy boost, helping the team take the lead after a 7-0 start. However, Los Angeles responded with a 14-2 run to close out the first quarter.

Hamby recorded another double-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists in the victory. She mentioned after the game that she is looking forward to facing her former team, the Las Vegas Aces, this upcoming Sunday.

Coach Miller gave his team a lot of credit for making life difficult on the court for Ogunbowale and the Dallas Wings. He emphasized the team’s focus on defense and their schemes, mentioning that they had studied the Wings two weeks ago after losing by one point.

“The team responded with a bunch of individual and team pride.” Coach Miller said.

Brown had her best game of the season so far, showcasing her skills and racking up six assists. She found her offense rhythm and she was hunting her three on the court.

“Best game of the year for Lexie, I’m happy for her.”

The Sparks fought hard in the game, but they will need to fight harder against the Aces when they come to town on Sunday. Hamby is taking this upcoming game personally.

“You know, we played Vegas very tough. Personal game for me but I think we can come out with a win.” Hamby said postgame.

The Sparks currently have a record of 3-7 in their first 10 games of the season. Hamby is having an all-star caliber year, and Brown is starting to find her rhythm. They will play their last home game of the month on Sunday against the Aces.