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Vandersloot Becomes 1st Player in History to Record 18 Assists in Single Game; Shattering 22-Year-Old Record

September 1, 2020 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Chicago Sky News Release


Courtney Vandersloot recorded the single-game WNBA record and a career-high of 18 assists, with all of her teammates erupting on the bench as she did so.

The previous WNBA record was held by Ticha Penichiero, who reached 16 assists in a game on two separate occasions, the first time being in 1998, just one year after the WNBA's inaugural season. Penichiero reached 16 assists just once more on August 3, 2002.

Vandersloot was the first player in 18 years to reach 16 assists, and the first player of all time to record 18 assists in a single game.

A 2x WNBA All-Star, Vandersloot has been named WNBA Conference Player of the Week twice this season, and now holds the record for most assists in a game, most assists in a season, highest assists per game in a season, and highest assists per game in a career.

For every assist dished this season, Vandersloot is donating $10 to fund CPS classrooms via Donor's Choose, and is auctioning a pair of game-worn shoes for the cause.

Sky players have committed to donating $10 per point, $100 per win, and $50 for every loss this season. With the matching of the team's goals from owners Michael Alter and John Rogers, as well as Bob Arthur and Susan Anderson, in addition to fans' donations, a total of $43,445 has been committed to #SkyTakesAction.

Tonight's win was the first time since 2015 that the Sky swept the series with the Fever.

On teammate Allie Quigley making the record-breaking shot, Vandersloot said: "Oh, it puts a little cherry on top, it's really special. I know she was happy for me. She wanted to do that for me. It was initially for Ruthy [Hebard] but the backup plan was always Allie. You can always count on Allie to knock down some late shots so that one was special to see it go in and just to know how happy she was for me, even though she made the shot, that's special. What a group to do that with."

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