The known defensive specialist came up big on the other end. The Los Angeles Sparks’ Alana Beard hit a contested buzzer-beating long-two from the corner to give her team a 1-0 lead over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx on the road, winning 78-76. Despite having a two-time former MVP in Candace Parker and current MVP Nneka Ogwumike, coach Brian Agler had Chelsea Gray dribble out the clock and hit Beard for just her second basket of the game to win it.
Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks meet in Game 1 of the WNBA finals on Sunday. The game will be played under a new format, where the Lynx will be playing their fifth finals in the last six years.
Alana Beard hit a jumper from the baseline just before time expired to lift the Los Angeles Sparks in a 78-76 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday.
Alana Beard hit a jumper from the baseline just before time expired to lift the Los Angeles Sparks to a 78-76 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday. With the defense collapsing on Candace Parker and...