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Sky Hold on to Beat Fever, 95-90, on Ring Night

May 24, 2022 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Chicago Sky News Release


Prior to the game, the Chicago Sky held its Championship Ring and Banner Night for winning the 2021 WNBA Championship for the first time in franchise history

This game also served as the 2022 home debut for 2021 Finals MVP Kahleah Copper after missing the first four games to fulfill her overseas playing obligations. She played her first game on Saturday against the Washington Mystics in D.C.

NEXT UP: The Sky will stay home in Chicago to play the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces on Saturday, May 28. Tipoff at Wintrust Arena is at 2:00 p.m. CT and will be aired on ABC and Sportsnet.

The Las Vegas Aces come to Chicago with a 7-1 record including five consecutive wins. With new Head Coach Becky Hammon at the helm, the Aces deploy a high octane and efficient offense, leading the league in offensive rating and

Pace. Jackie Young is having a breakout season averaging 19.3 points on 56.4% from the field and 50.0% from three. 2020 MVP A'ja Wilson anchors the paint with averages of 15.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. 2021 Sixth Woman of the Year Kelsey Plum has started all eight games this year and is averaging 18.1 points and 3.3 three-pointers made on 47.3% from beyond the arc.

KEY RUNS

The Sky opened the game on an 11-2 run in the first four minutes

The Fever responded with an 11-2 run of its own to tie the game at 13-13 with 3:26 left in the first quarter

The Sky ended the first on a 9-3 run in the final 2:05 to take a 28-22 lead after one

The Fever took their first lead of the game, 37-35, after a 15-5 run between the 9:17 and 5:00 marks of the second quarter

The Fever took a seven-point lead into the halftime break, 49-24, after a 10-2 run in the final 2:07 of the second quarter

The Sky opened the second half on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 51-51 with 7:56 left in the 3rd quarter

The Fever went ahead, 77-74, after a 12-3 run between the 9:02 and 6:43 marks of the fourth quarter

The Sky took the lead back, 89-83, with a 14-4 run between the 6:30 and 1:40 marks of the fourth period

KEY STATS

The Sky made 5 first half three-pointers despite only averaging 7.2 three-pointers made per game

The Sky gave up 49 points in the first half despite giving up just 50 points for the entire game against the Liberty in its last home game

The Fever had five first half blocks despite only averaging 3.8 blocks per game. They finished with 7

The Fever had 21 assists despite only averaging 17.9 assists per game

The Fever tied their season-high with seven blocks

The Fever finished with 24 second chance points off 15 offensive rebounds

The Sky tied their season highs with six blocks and 11 offensive rebounds

Sky produced a season high in scoring (95) and total rebounds (39)

CHICAGO NOTES

Candace Parker made her 362nd career start tonight passing Lisa Leslie for No. 22 all-time games started

Courtney Vandersloot passed Cheyenne Parker for 5th on the Sky all-time blocks list with a block at the 7:40 mark of the second quarter

Allie Quigley set a new WNBA record for consecutive free throws made over 2 seasons with 67 on a free throw at the 7:47 mark of the second quarter, she made two more free throws to extend the streak to 69 before missing her 4th attempt of the night at the 0:37 mark of the fourth quarter

Allie Quigley scored a season-high 12 points

Six players finished in double-figures for the Sky: Candace Parker, Azurá Stevens, Kahleah Copper, Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot and Dana Evans

INDIANA NOTES

Emily Engstler tied a career high with 11 points and notched a new career high of 13 rebounds. It also marks her first career double-double

Destanni Henderson and Victoria Vivians each tied their season high with three three-pointers made

Five players finished in double-figures for the Indiana Fever: Kelsey MItchell, Queen Egbo, Emily Engstler, Desanni Henderson and Victoria Vivians


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