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Chicago Sky win 1st WNBA title

Chicago Sky win 1st WNBA title

In what seemed like a pipe dream heading into the postseason, the Chicago Sky completed their miracle run with an 80-74 comeback win over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday for the franchise’s first WNBA title.

After Diana Taurasi made 2 of 3 free throws to cut it to 76-74, Courtney Vandersloot restored the four-point lead with a 7-footer with 23.7 seconds left and added two free throws for the final margin.

Before the 2021 postseason, no team in WNBA history had won the finals after ranking outside of the top two in net rating in the regular season. The Sky, whose 1.5 net rating was the sixth-best in the league, had the lowest net rating of any WNBA champion in the league’s 25-year history.

The Mercury came back firing after their Game 3 performance, in which they set a WNBA record for worst shooting percentage in a finals game. This time around it was the Sky who struggled to find the bottom of the net. They shot 28% (7 of 25) from beyond the 3-point arc.

However, the offense came alive when Allie Quigley hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to cut the Mercury lead to 70-65 with 5:43 to go. Quigley finished with 26 points (5 of 10 on 3-pointers).

Parker — the former Naperville Central star and two-time WNBA MVP, who signed with her hometown team in the offseason — had a monster Game 4 with 16 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Brittney Griner led the Mercury with a game-high 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting, and Skylar Diggins-Smith added 16 points and eight assists. But Taurasi struggled again after going 1-for-10 in Game 3. She shot 4-for-16 in Game 4 and finished with 16 points.

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