Sky soar past Wings into WNBA's second round

9/24/2021 12:16:08 AM EST

Kahleah Copper scored 23 points and Candace Parker tallied a double-double Thursday night as the sixth-seeded Chicago Sky advanced to the second round of the WNBA playoffs with an 81-64 decision over the No. 7 Dallas Wings in Chicago.

Courtney Vandersloot added 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Sky, scoring 11 fourth-quarter points. Allie Quigley finished with 15 points and Parker recorded 11 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

Chicago will play Sunday at third-seeded Minnesota after the fifth-seeded Phoenix Mercury beat the No. 8 New York Liberty 83-82 late Thursday. The Sky split two matchups with the Lynx earlier this season. Phoenix will play the Seattle Storm in the early Round 2 game Sunday.

Arike Ogunbowale rebounded from a two-point first quarter to pump in 22 points for the Wings, but it wasn't enough to move them to the next round. Satou Sabally came off the bench to score 12, but Dallas converted just 36.2 percent of its field goals while getting outrebounded 47-35.

The Wings sliced a 21-point first-half deficit down to 55-52 in the first minute of the fourth quarter before Chicago finally put this one away. Vandersloot rattled off six straight points in 72 seconds, giving the Sky an insurmountable 76-62 lead with 1:15 remaining.

Chicago took control by ripping off 11 straight points midway through the first quarter. Parker started the run with a layup and finished it by teeing up Quigley for a short bank shot. Vandersloot's driving layup as time expired made it 25-14.

The margin grew in the second quarter as Chicago nearly blew out Dallas. Azura Stevens' putback upped the margin to 37-16 with 5:11 left in the half, and the Sky headed for the locker room with a 44-29 cushion.

The Wings made their move in the third quarter. Marina Mabrey canned a 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining that pulled them within 51-47, then assisted Isabelle Harrison on a layup that made it 55-50 going to the fourth period.

--Field Level Media

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