In dramatic fashion, the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun (94-91) and took the series 4-0. The Chicago Sky started the game on an 11-2 run before ending the first quarter with a 31 to 14 lead.
Connecticut was able to settle into the game in the 2nd quarter. The Sun defense helped them cut their 17-point deficit down to four moving into halftime.
In the 3rd, Chicago would go cold from 3, missing their next (10) three-point shots. This would allow Connecticut the freedom to get out in transition and score on the fast break. The Sun would also score off their offensive rebounding. In just the 3rd quarter, The Sun had( 7) second-chance points, compared to Chicago (2).
The Sun knotted the game in the 3rd quarter of a lay-up by DeWanna Bonner, which would set the stage for a hard-fought 4th quarter.
The 4th quarter saw the Connecticut Sun take a 6-point advantage until Courtney Vandersloot hit back-to-back threes to tie the game.
The Sun and Sky would go back and forth until a slew of baskets by Candace Parker, Vandersloot and Kahleah Copper would put the Sky up by six.
A four-point play by Bonner moments later would cut the Sky’s advantage to two, but a 3-point shot by Emma Meesseman after a Chicago time-out would secure the game.
Another Milestone For Candace Parker
Continuing to make history! 🙌@Candace_Parker becomes the only player in WNBA history to reach 6,000+ points, 3,000+ rebounds, 1,000+ assists, and 600+ blocks pic.twitter.com/D3i6rtXR1k— WNBA (@WNBA) August 7, 2022
Chicago had five players in double figures in yesterday’s game; Vandersloot and Parker led the way for Chicago in scoring. Parker finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. At the same time, Vandersloot added 20 points and 5 assists. Meesseman also added 15 points.
This game would again garner another milestone for Parker as she registered her 600th block of her career. She would become only the fifth player in WNBA history with 600 blocks in their career.
This milestone makes Parker the sole player in the WNBA with 6,000+ points, 3,000+ rebounds, 1,000+ assists and 600+ blocks, according to Across the Timeline.
When asked how the team celebrates these milestones by Annie Costabile of the Chicago Sun-Times, Parker responded, saying, “We just keep moving.”
Chicago has another challenging game ahead as they welcome Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, Aug. 9th.
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