The Chicago Sky won the deciding Game 3 of the WNBA playoffs 90-72 over the New York Liberty on Tuesday night, led by Candace Parker’s 14 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists.
The defending champion Sky is currently waiting for the results of Wednesday’s Game 3 between Connecticut and Dallas.
For the #2 seeded Sky, Allie Quigley scored 15 points, Kahleah Copper scored 15, and Courtney Vandersloot dished out 10 assists and added 14 points. Chicago has won four straight elimination games, dating back to last year when they won two consecutive single-elimination games en route to the WNBA title.
Game 1 was a complete upset by the lower-seeded Liberty, who defeated the higher-seeded Sky. In the second game of the WNBA Finals, Chicago defeated New York by a record-setting 38-point margin. The Bulls jumped out to a 31-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
A great deal more effort was put into this one. Parker scored seven points and dished out six assists and grabbed seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes as Chicago took a 25-20 lead into the second.
The sold-out crowd in the lower bowl of Barclays Center erupted as New York scored the game’s opening seven points of the fourth quarter, including five points on one possession from Sabrina Ionescu that drew the Liberty to within 68-65.
The last time New York Liberty hosted a playoff game at home was in 2017 when they were eliminated by the Washington Freedom in the second round. This was New York’s first trip to the playoffs since 2015.
But Chicago responded with 16 straight points, capping the run with three straight 3-pointers from Quigley, effectively ending the game with less than four minutes to go.
For Liberty, Betnijah Laney scored 15 points, while Ionescu and Natasha Howard each contributed 14.
MEAT FOR THE STATISTICS
Parker nearly recorded the fourth triple-double in WNBA postseason history, but she came up short. She was seeking to join teammates Courtney Vandersloot, Lisa Leslie, and Margo Dydek.
On Monday, Chicago Sky coach and general manager James Wade was honored as the WNBA’s Executive of the Year. Each WNBA team is represented by a basketball executive on the panel of voters, and each executive is asked to submit their top three picks. Wade was elected with the most votes (11).
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