Parker makes history in Sky’s win over Washington
An 8-0 run to open and close the third quarter is all the Sky needed to help pick up the 82-73 win over the Washington Mystics.
Candace Parker etched her name in the history books yet again with a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, making her just the third player in WNBA history to record multiple triple-doubles in her career and the first with multiple regular season triple-doubles.
“Vandersloot was adamant about me getting my 10th assist,” Parker said after the game. “That’s why I love this group. We play for one another. We get hype for others’ successes and we celebrate it.”
It was also Kahleah Copper’s first game back with the Sky. She knocked down her first bucket of the season with a pull-up jumper at the free throw line and finished with 12 points.
Sky started slow out of the gates, but then used their transition offense to spark a 14-2 run to end the first quarter and carry a 22-18 lead. That continued in the second quarter, but the Mystics started hitting some deep buckets. Washington led at the break, 42-38.
“In the first half, we weren’t getting the ball to the second and third side. We weren’t making the defense move. Once we start playing our basketball, we’re hard to guard,” Copper said.
And it showed.
In the second half, the Sky outscored the Mystics, 44-31, with six total players scoring in double-digits. Azurá Stevens finished with 13 points followed by Allie Quigley with 12 points. Emma Meesseman and Rebekah Gardner both finished with 11 points a piece
The Sky are back at home on Tuesday, May 24 when they welcome in the Indiana Fever. It will also be the championship banner and ring ceremony for the defending champions.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on Marquee Plus.