The Los Angeles Sparks topped the Minnesota Lynx in a dramatic WNBA Finals Game 5, thanks to Nneka Ogwumike.
The Los Angeles Sparks topped the Minnesota Lynx in a dramatic WNBA Finals Game 5, with Nneka Ogwumike playing the hero in the final minute.
Ogwumike, the reigning WNBA MVP, hauled in a critical offensive rebound and mustered up a putback on the Sparks’ last possession of the game for a 77–76 lead. Neither team had a timeout left, but the Lynx missed a good look from halfcourt on the next play, sealing their fate.
Watch Ogwumike’s bucket below.
Sparks star Candace Parker was emotional after the game, dedicating the championship to her late Tennessee coach and basketball legend Pat Summitt, who died earlier this year at age 64.
Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, men’s or women’s had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Her influence on the WNBA is significant, sending a large number of notable players on to play professionally, including Parker, Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw and others.
Parker led the Sparks with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Ogwumike added 12 points and 12 boards of her own.
The title is the third in franchise history and first since 2002, when the Sparks went back-to-back after their 2001 title. The Lynx, led by star guard Maya Moore (23 points, 11 assists, six rebounds), were in search of their fourth title in the past six years.