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Candace Parker Makes WNBA History with Second Career Triple-Double in Win vs. Mystics, 82-73

May 22, 2022 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Chicago Sky News Release


This game featured the only two active former multiple-time WNBA MVPs in Candace Parker and Elena Delle Donne; Delle Donne missed Washington's last game with a back injury

2021 Finals MVP Kahleah Copper made her 2022 season debut after missing the first four games to fulfill her overseas playing obligations. The Washington Mystics are also the team that drafted her in 2016 with the seventh overall pick and she was traded to the Sky in 2017 in a package for Elena Delle Donne. Today was Copper's 16th career game against the Mystics and she averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in the previous 15 contests

This was the 11th career game of Elena Delle Donne against the Chicago Sky, her former team where she won her first of two WNBA MVPs. Delle Donne averaged 19.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in the first ten games against the Sky

Chicago's Emma Meesseman returned back to Washington, DC for the first time since leading the Mystics in 2019 to a WNBA Championship. Before signing with the Sky this season, Meesseman was selected by the Mystics with the 19th pick in the second round of the 2013 WNBA Draft

NEXT UP: The Sky return home from a three-game road trip to play the Indiana Fever for what will be the Sky's Championship Ring and Banner Night. Tipoff at Wintrust Arena is at 7:00 p.m. CT and will be aired on CW-26 and the Indiana Fever Facebook page. The championship ring ceremony is scheduled to start promptly at 6:30 p.m. CT.

This will be the Sky's third Commissioner's Cup game of the season. They have a 2-1 record in Commissioner's Cup games after the win over the Mystics.

Standing at a 2-6 record, the Indiana Fever is fifth in the Eastern Conference and 10th in the WNBA. The Fever is coming off a 70-92 loss to the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, which is its fourth loss in a row. Kelsey Mitchell leads the Fever in scoring at 17.9 points per game. The 2022 2nd overall WNBA Draft pick NaLyssa Smith averages a double-double with 13.3 points and 10.0 rebounds, but she has missed the last three games due to an ankle injury.

KEY RUNS

After Courtney Vandersloot hit a layup in the first minute, the Mystics went on a 16-6 run between the 9:05 and 5:15 mark of the first quarter to take a 16-8 lead

The Sky answered with a 14-2 run in the final 4:17 of the first quarter to take a 22-18 lead

The Mystics reclaimed the lead at 37-34 after a 14-6 run between the 7:13 and 3:10 mark of the second quarter

The Sky came out firing in the second half, starting the third quarter on a 8-0 run to take a 46-42 lead

The Sky took a 72-60 lead after an extended 19-5 run between the 2:09 mark of the third and 5:00 mark of the fourth

KEY STATS

Candace Parker finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to become just the 3rd player in WNBA history with multiple triple-doubles and the first with multiple regular-season triple-doubles. Parker joins teammate Courtney Vandersloot and WNBA legend Sheryl Swoops as the only players to have multiple triple-doubles. Parker's first triple-double was on July 28, 2017 when she finished with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists

Candace Parker also recorded the 143rd double-double of her career, which is No. 4 in WNBA history

The Chicago Sky had 11 turnovers in the first half and had 15 for the game. The win is their first of the season with double-digit turnovers after being 0-2 prior to today

The Sky tallied a season-high 37 rebounds and were a +8 on the boards

Sharing the wealth: Five Sky players scored in double-figure points (A. Stevens, A. Quigley, C. Parker, K. Copper, R. Gardner)

Mystics rookie and the third overall pick of the 2022 Shakira Austin led all scorers in the first half with 12 points

The Mystics tied a season high with 10 steals

CHICAGO NOTES

Kahleah Copper made her season debut tonight. The Sky starters featured Copper, Emma Meeseman, Candace Parker, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot, its fourth iteration of the starting lineup in five games

Candace Parker made her 361st career start which tied Lisa Leslie for 22nd all-time

Allie Quigley tallied her 100th career offensive rebound at 7:37 in the first quarter off her own missed layup

Kahleah Copper scored her first points of the season on a pull up jumper at the 3:28 mark of the first quarter

Courtney Vandersloot tied Cheyenne Parker for fifth on the Sky all-time blocks list at 138 with a block on a Natasha Cloud layup at the 8:47 mark of the second quarter

Allie Quigley tied the WNBA record for consecutive free throws made over 2 seasons with 66 on a free throw at the 3:53 mark of the second quarter

Stevens when in starting lineup vs. off the bench in 2021: 11 games (5-6 record) with 9.0 points on 61.1% shooting and 4.9 rebounds vs. 19 games (9-10 record) with 6.4 points on 42.6% shooting and 4.4 rebounds

Candace Parker passed Delisha Milton-Jones for 12th all-time in field goal attempts on a made 3-pointer at the 5:59 mark of the third quarter

WASHINGTON NOTES

Ariel Atkins passed Alana Beard for second on the Mystics all-time three-pointers list at 221 with a three at the 3:36 mark of the third quarter

Elena Delle Donne and Ariel Atkins each tied a season high with four three pointers

Natasha Cloud finished with 10 assists, her first double-digit assist game of the season

The Mystics scored a season low in 73 points. Their previous low was 78 points which they scored twice on May 8 against the Minnesota Lynx and May 20 against the Atlanta Dream


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