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Syracuse in the WNBA: Brittney Sykes, Sparks fall to Vegas in second straight loss

Sykes contributed two points, two rebounds, and two assists in the game

Los Angeles Sparks v Las Vegas Aces Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Brittney Sykes, the lone Syracuse Orange representative in the WNBA this season, took the court this weekend for the Los Angeles Sparks. The five-year pro veteran started for LA in their second game of the 2021 season.

The Sparks (0-2) were defeated by the Las Vegas Aces on the road Friday night, 97-69. Sykes recorded two points, two rebounds, and two assists in the loss. She played 22 minutes and shot 1-7 from the floor.

The Sparks shot 36.5% from the field and 29.4% from three in the contest. Nneka Ogwumike led LA with 19 points and five rebounds. Her sister Chiney Ogwumike also tallied double-figures with 11 points while grabbing five rebounds.

The Aces were led by Chelsea Gray with 18 points. Dearica Hamby (17 points/10 rebounds) and Liz Cambage (11 points/10 rebounds) tallied double-doubles in the win. 2020 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson (17 points) and former Notre Dame star Jackie Young (17) also contributed double-figure scoring in the win.

It was a slow night on offense for both the Sparks and Sykes. LA is finding good looks, but they aren’t knocking down shots at the rate they need to be. Their rebounding efforts also need to improve, as the team was outrebounded 45-25 in game one and 44-28 in game two. 0-2 is not a great start to the season, but the Sparks are certainly not too far out of it yet.

The team’s next game is set for Friday, May 28 versus the Chicago Sky on the road at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST. The game will air on CBS Sports Network, The U, and Spectrum SportsNet.