Stevens Scores Season-High 18 Points as Sky Drop Series Finale to Mystics, 71-79

GAME HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

● Sky center Azurá Stevens scored a season-high 18 points in the Sky’s eight-point loss to the Mystics on Sunday afternoon. Earlier this season, the former first round pick had scored 15 points, her former season-high in points scored, in Chicago’s loss to Phoenix on Aug. 31, 2021.

● Three Sky players scored at least 12 points today, as Stevens (18 points), guard Allie Quigley (15 points) and forward Candace Parker (12 points) were key contributors to Chicago’s final points scored total.

● The 2020 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, otherwise known as forward Candace Parker, finished with another double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds). Her performance against Washington today makes for her third-consecutive game with a double-double.

● Roughly 4,707 fans, including the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Women’s Basketball Team, were in attendance to watch the Sky battle the Mystics this afternoon.

 

NEXT UP: The Chicago Sky welcomes the Las Vegas Aces back to Wintrust Arena, this time for a Friday night showdown with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m. CT (5:00 p.m. PDT). Fans can catch the Sky’s second-to-last regular season game on The U/NBA TV.

 

KEY RUNS

● Chicago started Sunday’s contest with a quick 5-2 run against Washington.

● As the first quarter winded down, the Mystics went on a 15-0 run over a five-minute span to push the team to an early 24-14 lead over the Sky.

● The Sky wrapped up its early scoring effort on a 5-0 run and cut into Washington’s first-half, double-digit lead during the final minutes of the second quarter.

● Washington went on a 7-3 run to kick off the third quarter to extend its lead over Chicago.

 

KEY STATS

● This season, Chicago is ranked second in the WNBA in points in the paint per game (38.6). This afternoon, the Sky finished with 44 points scored in the paint compared to Washington’s 34 points scored in the paint.

● On Sunday, Washington’s largest lead was 18 points while Chicago’s largest lead at one point was five points.

● Both teams scored 11 points off turnovers, but Chicago committed one less turnover (15 turnovers) compared to Washington (16 turnovers).

● Chicago finished 28 of 67 (41.8%) from the field while Washington converted 29 of its 60 (48.3%) total shots from the field.

 

CHICAGO NOTES

● Over her previous four games, Parker was averaging 17.3 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game and averaging 52% from the field. Today, she finished with 12 points and shot 41.7% from the field.

● The Sky are now at 15-15 with just two regular season games remaining in the 2021 season. Currently, the team sits in second place in the Eastern Conference, but ranked sixth overall in the WNBA.

● Aside from her season-high in points scored, Stevens went 7 of 8 from the floor and went 1 for 1 from beyond the arc.