Notes & Quotes powered by Avison Young: Sky Fall to Sparks, 76-61

TONIGHT’S GAME HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • The Sky was held to its lowest point total of the season as the Sparks defense forced 28 turnovers on the way to LA’s first win.
  • Returning from injury, Diamond DeShields led the team in scoring (14) for the first time this season, shooting 3-7 from the field.
  • Playing against the team that waived her after just a week, Stephanie Watts recorded a career-high eight points.
  • Twenty two percent of Chicago’s points came from bench players tonight, a jump from 15% of the team’s total points this season.
  • For the fourth time this season, Ruthy Hebard recorded 10+ points, scoring 12 tonight while shooting 5-7 from the field. Her 74 field-goal percentage led the team.

NEXT UP: The Sky (2-3) and Sparks will play their second of a two-game set on Sunday, May 30 at 5:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised locally on CW26 in Chicago, Spectrum SportsNet in Los Angeles, nationally on Facebook and streamed on WNBA League Pass.

KEY RUNS

  • Sky opened the first quarter on a 7-0 run.
  • The Sparks  took their first lead of the game with 1:46 left in the first quarter after a 6-0 run.
  • From 1:53 left in the first quarter to 6:34 left in the second, the Spark went on a 4-10 run.
  • A 6-0 run late in the second quarter cut LA’s lead to two points.
  • For a 4:23 span from the end of the third quarter into the beginning of the fourth, Sparks went on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 21, the largest of the game.

KEY STATS

  • Chicago set a franchise record in turnovers with 28. Previously, the team recorded.
  • The last time Chicago lost three in a row at home came in July 2018.
  • The Sparks lead the league in steals, jumping to 13 after tonight.

CHICAGO NOTES

  • Ruthy Hebard was 4/4 in the first quarter, finishing the period with eight points.
  • Stephanie Watts scored her first WNBA 3 pointer in the second quarter. Her eight points this game is a career high.
  • Ruthy Hebard recorded 10+ points for the third game this season.
  • Shyla Heal scored her first WNBA field goal in the fourth quarter. Her six points this game is a career high.
  • After a single-digit performance against the Dream, Kahleah Copper returns to double-digit scoring with 11 points tonight. She has scored 10+ points in four games this season.

LOS ANGELES NOTES

  • Amanda Zahui B scored her first points of the season in the first quarter.
  • Picking up where she left off in her first two games this season, Nneka Ogwumike continued her trend of leading the Sparks in scoring, notching 14 points tonight.
  • Brittany Sykes had five steals and scored 10 points in just 10 minutes of play off the bench in the first half.
  • The Sparks led for the entirety of the game after claiming the lead with 1:54 left to play in the first quarter.
  • All ten Sparks players who saw court time recorded points.