Candace Parker makes history as Sky wins 4th straight game
Another historic game for Candace Parker means another Sky win. The Chicago Sky cruised past Connecticut, 91-83, extending their winning streak to 4 games.
The Sky spread the wealth with five players in double-digits. Parker led all scorers with her 5th double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Parker added another milestone to her resume as she is now the first player in WNBA history to record 1,500 assists, 6,000 points and 3,000 rebounds.
“It’s amazing to just play this style of basketball,” Parker said after hitting the 1,500-assist mark. “I love playing fast, playing reads, playing off different plays and not just have one person that we’re trying to feed the ball to every single time. It’s fun for me individually.”
Connecticut hung around in the first quarter but a Sky 31-9 run over 9 minutes catapulted the Sky to a 20-point lead. Parker came out hot, knocking down three straight 3-pointers. That hot shooting was spread across the board with the team shooting a whopping 83.3% from the floor in the first half, a new WNBA record.
“We’re just gelling and our chemistry is at its peak,” Allie Quigley said after the game. “[We know] that the best way to win a championship is when everyone sacrifices a little bit. It’s going to be somebody else’s night every other night. We’ve all bought into that.”
Kahleah Copper finished with 15 points and Allie Quigley put up 13 points. Azurá Stevens and Rebekah Gardner came off the bench and finished up with 10 points a piece. The Sky shot 59.3% from the floor and 50% from the arc.
The Sky were again without head coach James Wade due to health and safety protocols. Emre Vatansever is now 2-0 as acting head coach.
Chicago will look to wrap up the homestand on Saturday, July 2nd when they welcome in the Phoenix Mercury. Tip time is set for 12 p.m. on ABC.