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  • Writer's pictureFagothethird Franklin

Chicago and Mercury series tied 1-1

Chicago- The Sky fall short to the Mercury in OT 91-86.

After shocking the Mercury in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, the Sky looked like they were the team to beat, while Phoenix looked tired and out of it. Riding off their confidence from Game 1, Chicago got out to a very fast start in Game 2. Candace Parker and Kahleah Copper took over at the start and got their team to a nine-point lead heading into the second quarter. Despite a good start, Chicago's bad habits of turning the ball over cost them. Phoenix went on a 14-5 run late in the second to knot the game up at half, 40-40.

Chicago started to heat up from behind the magical arc of three point land. Courtney Vandersloot hit a couple of threes, while her teammates were sinking shots in the third quarter. Collectively, Chicago was shooting around 47% from behind the arc at the end of the quarter. The hot shooting for the Sky continued in the fourth. Each time it looked like Phoenix was going to go on their runs, Vandersloot would hit a piercing three to extend the Sky's lead.

Things got very interesting late in the game. Phoenix scored six straight points and cut the Sky's lead to two. With only 30 ticks left in the game and the Sky needing a stop, Phoenix drew up a play that caught them off guard. Chicago was desperate on the ensuing possession. After a failed three point attempt, Copper got an offensive rebound, put it back in the basket,while being fouled to make it a one point game. Chicago fouled Mercury with .10 seconds left in the game. Phoenix hit 1 out 2 from the line, which left the door open for Chicago. The Sky drew up a perfect play for a game-tying lay-up to go into an extra period of Finals basketball.

The Sky went on a 7-2 run in the last two minutes of OT to tie up the game. Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins Smith iced the game with a three pointer and a lay-up to crush the Sky.


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