Los Angeles entered the game a league-worst 3-9 at home, a disappointing record given it was 31-3 at Staples Center the previous two seasons.''We want to be able to defend Staples and we want it to be our territory,'' Ogwumike said.
''There's no reason why we should have more wins on the road than at home.
The relationship may not have flourished in a week, but it took off fast."It was more as friends at first," Bonner said.
”But she Dupree insisted.“Oh, now she’s making up stories,” Bonner said. During game trips and workouts and so on, they spent time together.
But she learned a lot about acceptance and how to brush off judgment, too, as the child of a white mom and black father. "I’ll be damned if I’m going to do that to my kids.”***Sep 7, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Mercury guard De Wanna Bonner (24) and forward Candice Dupree (4) against the Chicago Sky during game one of the WNBA Finals at US Airways Center. Bonner and Dupree were married in Phoenix last fall, about seven years after they both ended up playing for the Mercury. Sometimes with help from Llanos, she figured out how to tame her "wild side" and how to keep basketball talk in the gym, not at home. And last fall, not long after moving to Indianapolis, they were wed.A couple of seasons into her WNBA career, Dupree called mom. The conversation went something like this: I'm gay, Dupree said. So they paused and counted backward in their heads. It was modern and relatively small — only about 100 people. "Then she kind of learned she couldn’t live without me.”They had ups and downs through the years.Candace Parker out with a left knee strain, Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Alana Beard had 17 to help Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 77-73 on Monday night." data-reactid="12"With leading scorer and rebounder Candace Parker out with a left knee strain, Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Alana Beard had 17 to help Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 77-73 on Monday night.Ogwumike scored the final four points for the Sparks (12-14), who snapped a five-game home losing streak, dating to their last home win on June 24.