GAME HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE
● With the win, the Chicago Sky advanced to the WNBA Finals for just the second time in franchise history. During the 2021 regular season, the Sky finished with a .500 record (16-16) and became just the third team in league history to make the WNBA Finals after having a .500-or-worse record in the regular season.
● Tonight, Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot tied Ticha Penicheiro for sixth all-time in assists in WNBA Playoffs history (204).
● Sky forward Candace Parker logged 17 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks against the Sun in the Sky’s Game #4 victory. It’s just the fifth time that a WNBA player has scored (at least) 15 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in the WNBA Playoffs. This is Parker’s second game with such a finish and she’s the only player in league history with more than one statline as such.
● Four of the five starters for the Sky scored double figures against Connecticut on Wednesday. The only Chicago non-starter to score less than 10 points was Sky guard Allie Quigley, who still finished with a plus-minus mark of +5 across 27 minutes of action.
● Chicago led from the 9:41 mark of tonight’s game and did not falter its lead for the rest of the night.
NEXT UP: The Chicago Sky will play the winner of the Phoenix Mercury and the Las Vegas Aces in the 2021 WNBA Finals. Currently, the Aces and Mercury are tied 2-2 in their respective series, with Game #5 of their semifinals matchup scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Regardless of opponent, Game #1 of the 2021 WNBA Finals is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, with tip-off set for 2:00 p.m. CT (3:00 p.m. ET) at either Las Vegas or Phoenix. Sky fans can catch all the action on ABC and keep an eye out for information regarding tickets from both teams and the league.
● The Chicago Sky had a 13-2 start against the Connecticut Sun in the first quarter of Game #4 of the 2021 WNBA Playoff Semifinals.
● After falling behind by 10 points midway through the first, the Sun went on an 8-0 run over a 1:07-minute span to cut their deficit to just three points (17-20) with 2:59 left in the opening quarter.
● During the second quarter, the Sky went on an 8-0 run to take a nine-point lead with 4:26 to play. Later in the quarter, the Sky went on a 5-0 run to close the first half and took its largest lead of the first half (13 points).
● Midway through the third quarter, Chicago went on an 11-0 run to extend its double-digit lead. Then, the Connecticut Sun closed the third quarter with an 11-0 run to cut into the Sky’s lead.
● The Sky converted 44.4% of its shots from the field and 48.0% of its shots from beyond the arc. In comparison, the Sun shot 38.1% from the field and 47.1% from three-point range.
● Connecticut featured three players that scored at least 10 points while the Sky featured four players that scored double figures. Sun forward Jonquel Jones led all scorers with 25 points.
● Chicago outscored Connecticut in fastbreak points with a mark of 15-7.
● The Sky’s largest lead against the Sun in Game #4 was 18 points, which also marks the Sky’s largest lead against the Sun during any point of the 2021 WNBA Semifinals.
● In the first quarter, Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot finished with 13 points as part of the team’s 32-first quarter point offensive attack. In addition, the Sky shot 68.8% from the field and 66.7% from beyond the arc.
● According to Google Trends, the phrases “How many rings does Candace Parker have” and “Azurá Stevens” were breakout search topics online during the first half.
● The Chicago Sky are just the second team in WNBA history to lose at least seven games in a row and later win at least seven games in a row in the same season. In 2001, the Charlotte Sting also dropped seven consecutive games and won seven games in a row to end their regular season. The Sting also advanced to the finals that season.
● In attendance at Wintrust Arena to watch the Sky host the Sun included rapper/producer Chance the Rapper, six-time NBA Champion/former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen, current Chicago Bulls guard Coby White as well as multiple members of the 2021-22 Chicago Bulls, former WNBA player Tamera Young and players on the 2021 Chicago Red Stars.
● Entering the 2021 WNBA Playoff Semifinals against Chicago, Connecitcut boasted a 14-game winning streak into the series and had outscored its opponents by an average of 15.5 points per game.
● The Sun finished with 16 turnovers on Wednesday night. Before tonight, the team was 18-5 when they turned the ball over at least 13 times and 9-3 when they recorded less than 13 turnovers.
● The last #1 seed to not make the WNBA Finals was also the Connecticut Sun in 2006, when the Sun lost to #2-seeded Detroit.