Five Sky Players Score Double Figures as Chicago Beats Minnesota, 89-76

GAME HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

● The Sky advanced to the WNBA Semifinals for the 3rd time in their team history. Sky Head Coach & General Manager James Wade, who is 1-6 all-time in the regular season against his former boss- Minnesota Head Coach & General Manager Cheryl Reeves- is now 1-0 against her when it counts most: the playoffs.

● After scoring a game-high 13 points in the first half on 5 of 7 shooting, the Sky held Lynx center Sylvia Fowles to 4 points and only two field goal attempts in the second half.

● Five Sky players scored in double figures, as Chicago forward Kahleah Copper had her first career double-double with a career high 10 rebounds.

● The Sky erupted for 22 fast break points in the game, the most in a WNBA playoff game since 2019.

● Sky forward Candace Parker is now fifth all-time in playoff scoring. Parker also moved into 11th all-time in playoff assists with her third of the game to pass Maya Moore.

 

WATCH: Postgame Media Availability – James Wade | Sky at Lynx – September 26, 2021

NEXT UP: With the win, the Chicago Sky (No. 6 seed) advances to the 2021 WNBA Playoffs Semi-Finals for a best-of-five series against the Connecticut Sun (No. 1 seed). Game #1 is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, 2021, with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m. CT (8:00 p.m. ET) on ESPN2.

 

KEY RUNS

● The Lynx went on a 7-0 run midway through the first quarter to take a six-point lead, their high point for the game.

● The Sky went on a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter to take a six-point lead. From there on, Chicago never trailed again during the game.

● A 13-3 run in the third quarter gave Chicago its first double-digit lead of the game.

● A 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter gave the Sky a 13-point lead with 7:59 remaining in the game.

● The Sky scored the last seven points of the game after Minnesota cut the Sky’s lead to six points with just under two minutes left to play.

 

KEY STATS

● The Sky allowed Minnesota to score six second-chance points in the first quarter, their highest scoring of the game, but shut out the Lynx the rest of the way. In addition, Minnesota had only two offensive rebounds after the first quarter.

● Minnesota shot 50% from beyond the arc, but was held to just 40.8% shooting by the Sky from inside the arc.

● The Sky went 19 of 20 from the free-throw line, getting nine more free-throw attempts than the Lynx.

● The Sky outrebounded the Lynx 37-29 overall, and 23-10 in the second half.

● The Sky scored 48 points in comparison to the Lynx’s 32 points scored in the paint.

● The Sky finished with 11 steals, tying the second-best playoff performance in franchise history.

 

CHICAGO NOTES

● Sky forward Kahleah Copper is averaging 19.5 points per game in the playoffs and is shooting 64% from the field.

● Sky guard Diamond DeShields bounced back from her four-point, 1 for 8 shooting game against the Wings with a 14-point, 4 of 5 shooting night to lead the Sky bench. She also went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line and added 3 rebounds and 2 steals in just under 19 minutes.

● Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot’s 19 points were her second-most in a playoff game.

 

MINNESOTA NOTES

● For the Lynx, Fowles fouled out with just under one minute left in the game. For most of the game, she dealt with foul trouble.

● Minnesota committed 20 turnovers and allowed the Sky to score 22 points off turnovers.

● The Lynx bench scored just 8 points in the game. The Sky’s defense limited starting point guard Layshia Clarendon to zero points.