Being that the Western Conference playoff schedule was released before tipoff, Thursday's Lynx-Sparks game didn't mean anything to the standings. But L.A.'s victory -- despite Candace Parker's getting ejected -- was far from meaningless.
The Cardinal and Golden Bears split their regular-season series, playing twice in the same week in January. Cal's win at Stanford ended the Cardinal's 81-game conference win streak.
Defense will determine an Eastern Conference finals rematch from last season.
Nneka Ogwumike scored 29 points in a 77-62 win over California that lifted Stanford (31-1) to its ninth title and extended its win streak over Pac-12 foes to 78 games.
San Antonio went 3-1 against Los Angeles in the regular season, but while the Sparks are hitting their stride, the Silver Stars cooled considerably this past month.