CHICAGO — It is not the end of the world for the Chicago Sky but the sky may begin to fall. This pun was intended.
Chicago native, Candace Parker had 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Sky 93-76 on Sunday. Courtney Vandersloot added 15 points, 10 assists for the Sky (8-17). It was the fourth double-double of the season for Vandersloot with Chicago and sixth for Parker with the Sparks (15-10).
“It was an interesting game. It was a tale of total quarters, as it seemed at times,” Sky head coach Amber Stocks stated. “Our first half defense really took LA out of things they were looking for. In the third quarter, they were able to produce a lot of points. Thirty points in the quarter and that really hurt us.”
Stefanie Dolson had a season-high 20 points and seven assists to go along with six rebounds for Chicago.
Los Angeles pulled away with a 9-0 run early in the third quarter to lead 49-40 and extended the advantage to 79-62 with 6:48 left in the fourth. The Sky went on a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to 80-71, but the Sparks responded with six straight points and led by double digits from there.
Sims left the game with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter due to a leg injury and the Sparks were also missing Nneka Ogwumike for the second straight game with an undisclosed illness.