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Sky season ends in postseason sweep to Las Vegas

10 months agoKarli Bell

The No. 8 seed Chicago Sky had a lot of work to do after their 87-59 Game 1 loss to Las Vegas. 

However, A’ja Wilson had other things planned as she led the way with her 38 points and 16 rebounds to hand Chicago a 92-70 loss.

“The season was a rollercoaster,” Kahleah Copper said after the game. “Overall, it was a good run. It was a fun rollercoaster ride. It was a good group to do it with, a good group to fight through adversity and everything that’s come our way.”

The Sky had no answer for the reigning MVP in Wilson. Even in double coverage, Wilson found ways to create space offensively and lay it in. If she missed, Wilson’s length alone gave her the edge on the glass; Las Vegas outrebounded the Sky 46-32 with 15 of those being offensive boards.

Defensively, Wilson controlled the paint with her 4 blocks and 3 steals. Her disruptiveness wreaked havoc on the Sky’s offense, making feed passes nearly impossible and contesting all drives inside from the Sky’s back court.

The Sky finished their season with an 18-24 overall record after the 2-0 series sweep by the Aces. Copper finished with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds followed by Dana Evans with 22 points. Marina Mabrey was the only other Sky player in double-digits with 12 points.

“It’s a good foundation, because I’m a winner,” Copper said. “For me, it was about making the playoffs to start and competing from there. It’s also a pride thing. We didn’t want to be that team…we talk about making five consecutive playoff appearances. We put a little emphasis on that to keep a chip on our shoulder. I think it’s a stepping stone. We wanted to be a part of that 8, and we wanted to compete in the postseason.”

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