Sky make largest comeback in WNBA history to stun Aces
“We don’t feel like we’re out of any game.”
The Aces led by as much as 28 points, but the Sky made a 30 point run of their own to rally back and stun Las Vegas, 104-95. This was the largest comeback deficit in WNBA history. The largest deficit prior to this was 25 points back in 2005 by the Detroit Shock.
“It’s not something I want to do again,” Allie Quigley said laughing. “It was kind of weirdly calm. They’re such a fast paced team and so are we. I just feel like there wasn’t time to worry about the next player or even the score. It was just to keep chipping away. It just shows what we’re capable of and to know what we can do when we really put our minds to it.”
The Aces started out the game with a 23-0 run and dumped 41 first quarter points on the Sky. The Sky went on a 5:39 scoring drought in the first quarter until Azurá Stevens snapped it with a three-pointer. She put up 14 of her 17 total points and shot 100% from the floor in the first half.
“She’s a champion on and off the floor,” head coach James Wade said about Stevens. “She was giving us life because she kept making shots, big shots, to stop whatever runs that they would have. If you had any sense of doubt, her play wouldn’t let you doubt us at all.”
Slowly but surely, Chicago started to chip away at the Aces’ lead after that. With 3:29 left in the second quarter and down by 20, the offense finally found a spark. The Sky ended the quarter a 16-2 run to cut the deficit to 11 points heading into the locker room.
The third quarter has been the Sky’s kryptonite all season, averaging just over 20 points and allowing 21.3 points. That was not the case on Tuesday night as the Sky dropped 30 points in the quarter and allowed only 11 points, giving Chicago a 81-73 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
It was basket-for-basket after that for the Sky to seal the win, putting up a season-high 34 assists with five players in double digit scoring. Courtney Vandersloot led the team with 25 points and 8 dimes. Candace Parker had a double-double in her first game back from injury with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
This was a preview of the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup championship game, which is set for July 26th. The Sky will continue their West Coast road trip on Thursday when they head to Los Angeles to take on the Sparks. Tip time is set for 9:30 p.m. on Marquee Sports Network.