LOS ANGELES SPARKS vs. CHICAGO SKY
WINTRUST ARENA | 2022 WNBA SEASON OPENER | MAY 6, 2022
|TEAM||HIGH POINTS||HIGH ASSISTS||HIGH REBOUNDS|
|CHI||EVANS (24)||VANDERSLOOT (8)||MEESSEMAN (8)|
|LAS||CANADA (21)||CANADA (8)||N. OGWUMIKE (7)|
TONIGHT’S GAME HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- The Sky played its first season-opener at home since 2016
- Tonight was a career-high night for guard Dana Evans, who led the Sky with 23 points, five assists and three steals — 17 of her 23 points came from the third quarter on 7-for-8 shooting
- Sparks’ Jordin Canada sank three free-throws with 1.5 seconds to tie the game, 88-88, with 1.5 seconds left in regulation
- Sparks scored the first bucket of the game, but the Sky answered with a 12-0 run. Candace Parker scored or assisted on all 12 points
- Sparks bounced back with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two, 12-10, with 4:56 left in the first quarter.
- Neither team could go on a significant run for the rest of the first half as no team led by more than four points
- Sparks open the second half outscoring the Sky 5-1 to take their biggest lead of the game, 47-40
- The Sky answered with 17-4 run at the 5:10 mark of the 3rd quarter to retake the lead, 57-51
- Sparks re-took the lead, 76-75, with 5:28 left, but the Sky answered with a 6-0 run to take an 81-76 lead with 3:48 left in the final frame
- Between overtime and Canada’s three free throws in regulation, the Sparks outscored the Sky 13-3 in the final 5:01 of the game
- Azurá Stevens scored 11 points in the first half, more than her 9.0 full game average as a starter in 2021.
- Sparks’ Liz Cambage picked up two fouls in the first 3 minutes of the game.
- Courtney Vandersloot picked up her fourth foul with 7:11 left in the third quarter.
- Dana Evans recorded a career high in assists (5), and 3-pointers made (2), and set career highs in steals (3) and minutes (25), new career high in points (23)
- Dana Evans scored 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the third quarter
- The Sparks were second to the last in the league last season in FTA (15.6), but were 23-29 from the free throw line in this game. while the Sky were 12-15.
- After ranking 5th last season in most turnovers, the Sky committed 23 turnovers.
- After having an A/TO ratio of 2.87 last season, Courtney Vandersloot had 8 turnovers to 8 assists. She only had 3 games with an assist to turnover ratio below one last season.
- Candace Parker scored or assisted on the first 14 Sky points
- Emma Meesseman scored her points with the Sky on a jumper at the 3:29 mark of the first quarter
- Sparkle Taylor scored her first points in the WNBA with a jumper at the 9:16 mark of the second quarter
- Candace Parker passed Tanisha Wright for 10th all-time in assists with her second assist of the game on a pass to a Azurá Stevens lay-up with 6:34 left in the first quarter
- Candace Parker passed Shannon Johnson for 9th all-time in assists on her third assist of the game: another pass for an Azurá Stevens layup at the 7:00 mark of the second quarter
- With a three at the 8:03 mark of the third quarter, Candace Parker became the 2nd WNBA player in history with 6,000 career points, 3,000 career rebounds and 1,400 career assists (Tamika Catchings with 7380/3315/1488)
- With the same three, Parker has now scored in double figures in 306 games — 11th all-time. Parker needs three more double figure scoring games to move into 9th place ahead of Katie Smith
- Anneli Maley scored her first points in the WNBA with 4:25 left in the fourth quarter
LOS ANGELES NOTES
- Rae Burrell scored her first points in the WNBA with two free throws at the 1:59 mark of the first quarter
- Sparks took their first lead of the game, 30-29, on a Brittany Sykes layup with 6:05 remaining in the second quarter
- Liz Cambage scored her first point with the Sparks on a free throw at the 1:54 mark of the second quarter
- The Sparks took a 76-75 lead with 5:28 left in the fourth quarter from a Brittany Sykes made jump shot
- Lexie Brown scored 12 points off the bench, twice as much as her season-high with the Sky last season.
The Sky will stay at home next week at Wintrust Arena against the New York Liberty. The Liberty snuck into the 2021 WNBA Playoffs as the No. 8 seed on the last day of the regular season, finishing with a 12-20 record. Head Coach Sandy Brondello will make her season debut with the Liberty, after six years with the Phoenix Mercury
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