Going to a basketball game lets fans feel the excitement and hear the pleas for quiet from the family living underneath the bleachers. Root for the home team with this GrouponLive deal to see game one of the WNBA Western Conference Semifinals between the Los Angeles Sparks and San Antonio Silver Stars at the Galen Center on Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get one ticket for lower-level seating in sections 110–111 or 121–123 (a $31 value, including all ticketing fees)
- For $29, you get one ticket for center-court lower-level seating in sections 102–106 or 114–118 (a $63.25 value, including all ticketing fees)
In a familiar flurry of purple and gold, the two-time WNBA champion Sparks blaze into the first round of the playoffs as owners of the second best record in the Western Conference. After missing the postseason a year ago for only the second time since 1998, the team returned to its dominant self in 2012, compiling a 24–10 mark behind 25-year coaching veteran Carol Ross and rookie forward Nneka Ogwumike. Ogwumike—who led the Stanford Cardinal to four consecutive Final Four appearances—has made her presence known, averaging 14 points in 33 games and ransacking the paint nightly for rebounds and doubloons known to magically appear at the free-throw line.
Alongside Ogwumike, 2008 MVP and Rookie of the Year Candace Parker looks to shut down the Silver Stars, including veteran Sophia Young, whose 16 points per game spurred San Antonio to a third-place finish in the Western Conference. The back-and-forth battle will unfold at the USC Trojans' Galen Center. This is a departure from the Sparks’ usual stomping ground of the Staples Center, where during the regular season, crowds boosted the team to one of the league's best home records by all exhaling at once to blow opponents’ jump shots off course.