After a series win over the Connecticut Sun, the Chicago Sky are back in WNBA Finals after a surprising victory on Wednesday night.
Courtney Vandersloot scored 19 on 7-of-13 shooting. She also grabbed four rebounds, and had four assists in 33 minute to lead the Sky to victory, 79-69. Kahleah Cooper scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds; Candace Parker scored 17 points, nine boards, seven assists, and Candace Parker had seven. Azura Stevens contributed 11 points and seven more rebounds to the victory.
Chicago won the series 3-1.
At the conclusion of the game, Parker spoke with Holly Rowe from ESPN while her teammates celebrated behind. Parker was a high school basketball player at Naperville Central, Illinois. It is about 35 miles from Chicago's Wintrust Arena.
It means so much. It's like looking up at familiar faces. I grew up playing with these people. She said that it was very emotional. "I know that we are not finished yet, and we don’t want it to be yet. Sometimes you need to stop and take in the moment and truly appreciate it.
Connecticut, which was 26-6 in the regular season, and had Jonquel Jones, WNBA MVP, on their roster, fell hard early.
Jones ended the game with a record 25 points and 11 rebounds. Natisha Hiedeman had 16 points off the bench, while Jasmine Thomas scored 11 points.
Under the leadership of Pokey Chatman, Chicago reached the WNBA Finals 2014. The Phoenix Mercury defeated the team in the Finals. If the Mercury defeats the Las Vegas Aces, the two teams could rematch.