Washington guard Natasha Cloud has an extra bounce in her step heading into the Mystics’ game against the visiting Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday night.
In Tuesday’s 85-81 win over the Minnesota Lynx, Cloud reached the 1,000-point mark of her WNBA career while turning in one of her best performances as a pro.
Cloud scored 11 points to go along with eight assists and a career-best six steals as the Mystics (3-5) snapped a two-game losing streak.
The meaning of the moment isn’t lost on Cloud, who became the first in the league to tally six steals in a game this season.
“To get this milestone and this accolade here in D.C., a community that has taken me in, that has embraced me and allowed me to grow from a young rookie to a seven-year vet, I feel constantly loved and embraced,” Cloud said. “When you have that support, not only from your organization and staff, but from your community, it makes your job a lot easier.”
The Sparks (4-3) are coming off a 68-63 win over the Chicago Sky on Saturday and have made this cross-country trip looking to extend their win streak to three games.
L.A. is without 2016 MVP Nneka Ogwumike, who is out four to six weeks with a left knee sprain, but the Sparks showed they have others who can step up.
That includes Amanda Zahui B, who, like Cloud, also just reached the 1,000-point mark of her career. She scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Saturday’s win, recording her first double-double of the season.
The Sparks are above the .500 mark for the first time all season. Head coach/general manager Derek Fisher said his team must continue to play its style of basketball to maintain momentum.
“We have to play with a level of physical and mental toughness,” Fisher said. “We’re hungry and we’re going to play each possession like it’s the last one of the game.”
–Field Level Media