L.A. Sparks to host WNBA playoff game at Pyramid, Sunday

The Los Angeles Sparks will return to Long Beach State’s Walter Pyramid on Sunday at 4 p.m. for the third game of the team’s WNBA semifinal series against the Connecticut Sun.

Tickets for the game are available at www.lasparks.com.The Sparks, who finished with a 22-12 regular season record, are slight underdogs to the Sun, who went 23-11. Still, the Sparks won their season series with the Sun 2-1, and boast three of the league’s best players in former MVPs Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike, as well as former Defensive Player of the Year, Chelsea Gray.

The first two games of the best-of-five series will be played in Connecticut, on Tuesday and Thursday. The Sparks will host game three on Sunday with game four in Southern California and five in Connecticut, if necessary.

The Sparks have a long history in the Pyramid, having played several preseason and regular season games there before. The opening game of the 2016 WNBA semifinals between the Sparks and Chicago Sky was held there. The team also has an additional local connection in longtime General Manager Penny Toler, a Long Beach State basketball legend who has her jersey hanging in the Pyramid. Toler, an All-American while at Long Beach, went on to a standout career with the Sparks and has the distinction of scoring the WNBA’s first points.

She was honored as Long Beach State’s Distinguished Alum for 2019 in May.

The Walter Pyramid is located on the campus of Cal State Long Beach at 1250 N Bellflower Blvd. For more information or tickets, click here.


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