A story straight out of mythology warned about wings flying too high in the sky. The Chicago Sky brought down the Dallas Wings on Saturday night, in a 89-81 victory. With 23 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, Kahleah Copper recorded her second career double-double. Copper was perfect from the free throw line, making all three shots. She went 9 for 16 from the field, and 2 for 5 from three.
Three of Copper’s teammates also rang up double figures in scoring: Emma Meesseman, Candace Parker, and Allie Quigley. The Sky had an optimal shooting game, going 47.3% from the field in contrast to the Wings’ 39.4%. Chicago also out-rebounded the Wings, 40 to 24. The Sky also set WNBA record on Thursday night. Their collective 25 assists marked the 20th consecutive game they’ve had at least 20.
The Sky defense held Wings powerhouse Arike Ogunbowale to three first-half points. Ogunbowale holds a career-average 24.5 points per game against the Sky, which is her highest average against any team. In 32 minutes played, Ogunbowale scored 15 points total.
The Wings reclaimed a minimal lead in the second half, as they went on a 21-9 run from 5:23 in the third quarter to 8:53 in the fourth quarter. The Sky bounced back with Meesseman’s 12 fourth quarter points and Parker’s 3-point jump shot with 2:06 left in the game.
Courtney Vandersloot was absent from yesterday’s game due to concussion protocol, after taking a tough fall in Thursday’s game versus the Los Angeles Sparks. Sloot’s absence marked her first since August 11, 2019, snapping an 88 consecutive game streak. Without the floor general in Sloot, an integral playmaker, this win certainly was a statement for the Sky.
Your first place Chicago Sky are 19-4 on the season, and are rolling on a four-game win streak heading into Sunday morning. The Sky will return to Wintrust Arena on Wednesday for a matinee matchup versus Lincolnwood, Illinois native Jewell Loyd and the Seattle Storm. Tip-off is at 11:00 a.m. CT and will be aired on NBA TV, Marquee Sports, Fox 13+, and Amazon Prime.