Hebard Pulls in Third Double-Double of 2021; Sky Lose to Sparks 63-68

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

● Forward Ruthy Hebard recorded her third double-double of the season (fourth career) with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

● Today’s game in Los Angeles marked the third meeting in the last eight days between the Sky and Sparks (May 28 & May 30 were the previous meetings).

● Astou Ndour-Fall recorded her 350th career rebound after she snatched her fifth board during the second quarter.

● Sky forward/center Candace Parker returned to Los Angeles for the first time since signing with Chicago in the 2021 WNBA free agency period. She was honored with a tribute video for her time with the Sparks during the first half.

 

NEXT UP: The Sky (2-7) returns to Chicago following its two-game road trip with a tilt against the Indiana Fever (1-9) on Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00p CT. Sky fans can follow the action on WCIU The U or on CBS Sports Network. Indiana is coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday, June 3, where the Fever went down 63-98.

 

KEY RUNS

The Sparks opened up the first quarter with a 12-4 run (9-0 over a 2:11 minute span in the early stages of the quarter).

● Chicago started the second quarter with a 6-2 run to cut the Sparks’ lead to three.

● LA extended its lead to 11 with a minute left in the second quarter after a 7-0 run.

● Chicago’s 7-3 run in the third quarter cut the Sparks’ lead to six.

● The Sky went on a 10-0 run to take the lead in the third quarter (49-47).

● Chicago put up a 6-2 run to begin the fourth quarter following an Astou Ndour-Fall 3-pointer, giving it its largest lead of the game at the time (four points).

● Having been down by four, the Sparks regained the lead in the fourth quarter after an 8-0 run.

 

KEY STATS

● Sky had four turnovers within the first five minutes of the game.

Chicago shot just 25% from the floor in the first quarter, producing 14 points. It finished the game shooting 33.9%. .

● Sky brought in 15 rebounds in the first quarter, more than double Los Angeles’ total of seven. It was strong on the glass throughout the remainder of the game, posting 43 boards.

● Sky’s bench outscored the Sparks’ 21-5.

● Sky and Sparks scored just five combined points within the first four minutes of the third quarter.

 

CHICAGO NOTES

● Starting five of Courtney Vandersloot, Diamond DeShields, Kahleah Copper, Stefanie Dolson and Allie Quigley was the fourth different starting five used by the Sky this year.

● Quigley made her first start of the season. She returned to action on Thursday against Phoenix after being sidelined for six games with a hamstring injury.

● With a three in the second quarter, Quigley moved level with Penny Taylor on the league’s 3-point leaders list (410 – 22nd).

● Diamond DeShields played 18 of a possible 20 minutes in the first half. She came into today’s game second on the team in minutes played (272), just behind Kahleah Copper (273). She was one of three Sky players to play at least 32 minutes (Vandersloot, Copper each reached that mark as well).

● The Sky held the Sparks to just nine points in the third quarter, tying its lowest opponent total score in a quarter this season (at PHX 6/3).

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