Chicago Sky is the first team in the WNBA Finals. After defeat Connecticut Sun, at Wintrust Arena, on Wednesday 6, the team clinched its spot in the best-of-five series, which will decide the season Champion.
In a 79 – 69 win at the Wintrust Arena, the highlight was Candace Parker, with 17 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, Courtney Vandersloot, with 19 points, four boards, and four passes and Kahleah Copper, with 18 points and six rebounds.
The Sky needed four games to close the semi-finals series and had a long way until making it true, defeating Dallas Wings, Minnesota Lynx, and Connecticut.
Chicago finished in sixth place with a 0.500 win percentage in the regular season, with 16 wins and 16 losses, and had to play six playoffs matches until the Finals, averaging 84 points per game, with only one loss against Connecticut on game two from the semi-finals.
Talking about the playoffs, Chicago Sky overcame two of the best three franchises from the league: Minnesota (3), which had 22 victories and 10 losses in the regular season, and now Connecticut (1), with 26 wins and six losses.
The leading Chicago players at the playoffs are Copper, with 18.2 PPG and 5.2 RPG, Vandersloot, with 14, 5.7, and 8.7, and Parker, with 13.3 points, 8.3 boards, five assists, and two steals.
Take a look below in retrospect from Chicago in the playoffs until reaching the Finals:
Round 1 (single elimination)
- Dallas 64 @ 81 Chicago
Round 2 (single elimination)
- Chicago 89 @ 76 Minnesota
- Chicago 101 @ 95 Connecticut
- Chicago 68 @ 79 Connecticut
- Connecticut 83 @ 86 Chicago
- Connecticut 69 @ 79 Chicago
Phoenix Mercury and Las Vegas Aces
On the other hand, Phoenix (5) and Las Vegas (2) are still running for a place at the Finals. On Wednesday, the Aces tied the series with a 93 – 76 win at Footprint Center, Arizona, to be back in the series and playing the last match at home, on Michelob ULTRA Arena.
For Las Vegas, the highlight were Chelsea Gray, with 22 points, four rebounds, and six assists, Kelsey Plum, with 20 points and six assists and A’já Wilson, with a double-double (15 points and 15 boards). At the same time, Phoenix had four players scoring 13 or more points: Brittney Griner (which also added eight boards), Skylar Diggins-Smith, Diana Taurasi, and Shey Peddy.
After arriving here, Phoenix defeated New York Liberty (8), by 83 – 82 on Round One, and Seattle Storm (2), on Round 2, by 85 – 80. With the second-best regular season, Las Vegas went straight to the semi-finals.
The winner will play against Chicago, and the first game will be at home, on Sunday 10. Let’s see if the Sky will have to travel for Phoenix or Las Vegas.