Vandersloot’s Historic Night Leads Sky to 101-95 2OT Win over Sun

GAME HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

● Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot recorded the second triple-double in WNBA playoff history with her 12-point, 18-assist, 10-rebound night en route to Chicago’s 2OT win against the Connecticut Sun. She also set a Sky playoff record for most assists in a quarter (7- 2nd), which also topped her own mark of 6 assists vs Atlanta 9/25/16 (3rd).

● The Sky shot 52.9% in the first half en route to a 47-46 halftime lead. So far in this year’s playoffs (3 games), the Sky is averaging 52.4% shooting in the first half of games

● Tonight’s matchup is just the sixth game in WNBA Playoffs history to go to multiple overtimes, the first 1since 2015.

● Four Sky players finished with at least 10 points scored. Leading the way for Chicago was forward Candace Parker, who finished with 22 points on 53.3% shooting from the field.

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NEXT UP: With a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series, the Chicago Sky will face the Connecticut Sun on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, for thesecond game of the 2021 WNBA Semifinals, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT (8:00 p.m. ET). Sky fans can catch all the action on ESPN2. In addition, fans can purchase tickets for Game #3 of the 2021 WNBA Semifinals by visiting the team’s website.

 

KEY RUNS

● In the first quarter, the Sky went on a 15-4 run over a three-minute stretch starting at the 5:30-mark to take an 11-point lead. The Sun responded with a 10-2 run to close the quarter and get within three points.

● The Sun went on a 16-5 run over four-and-a-half minutes stretch midway through the second quarter to take a 40-35 lead. The team’s 5-point lead was their biggest of the first half.

● After the first half, it was a back-and-forth game for most of the night, as there were 14 lead changes and 15 times that the score was tied in total on Tuesday evening.

 

KEY STATS

● In the first quarter, Sky guard Allie Quigley scored 8 points and converted 66.7% of her shots (2 of 3) from behind the three-point line, while Parker finished with 8-first-quarter points and made all of her shots from deep. Combined, the two Sky players accounted for 66% of the team’s first-quarter points.

● Tonight (regulation only), Chicago outscored Connecticut in the first and third quarters, while the Sun outscored the Sky in the second and fourth quarters.

● The Sky also snapped the Sun’s 14 game winning streak with the win on Tuesday night. As a team, the Sky is on a four-game winning streak, including the first two rounds of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs.

● Vandersloot became the first player in WNBA history with 10-plus points, 10-plus rebounds, 10-plus assists, 4-plus steals and 2-plus blocks in any WNBA game, including the regular season and playoffs.

 

CHICAGO NOTES

● The Sky shot 52.9% from thSkye field and 50.0% from beyond the three-point line in the first half. In comparison, the Sun shot 42.9% from the field and 40.0% from deep. These first-half stat lines resulted in a 47-46 Chicago advantage.

● Tuesday night’s game was the second all-time playoff overtime game in Sky history. The first was a double-OT win against Indiana (86-84) on 9/1/14

● Vandersloot finished with 18 assists, which is her third playoff game with at least 13 assists. Seattle’s Sue Bird is the only other player to have at least 13 assists in a playoff game. 18 assists is also a WNBA Playoffs record, as this total ties Vandersloot;s single-game regular season record.