Chicago wins the first WNBA title with an 80-74 victory over Phoenix | MCU Times

Chicago wins the first WNBA title with an 80-74 victory over Phoenix

CHICAGO – (AP) – Candace Parker returned home to bring Chicago a championship. She did exactly what led Sky to the franchise’s first title.

Allie Quigley scored 26 points, Parker added 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and Chicago beat Phoenix Mercury 80-74 Sunday in Game 4.

“We were down at nine, down at 11 and we kept at it,” Parker said. “So proud of this group. Nonsense does what she does all year. Allie it’s amazing. ”

Courtney Vandersloot added 10 points and 15 assists for Sky, who won the series 3-1 and gathered from a 72-65 deficit with 4:42 left. Chicago scored the next nine points to take a two-point lead on Stefanie Dolson’s layup. She then added another basket to 76-72 with 45.8 seconds left.

Diana Taurasi was committed on the next possession and shot a 3-pointer and made the first two free throws but missed the third.

Vandersloot then scored on the pitch to seal the victory by starting the celebration. When the final buzzer sounded, Parker sprinted to the corner of the track and hugged her family with tears in her eyes.

“Their defense went to another level and captured BG,” Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. “We have a good look, lineups. we missed them and they made them. Allie really changed the pace of the game there. ”

Quigley, who also hails from Illinois, got the deciding race started and Parker equalized the match with a 3-pointer before Dolson’s curve.

It was a moment in full circle for Parker, who triumphantly returned to Chicago this season after spending 13 years with Los Angeles. She has been continually called Sky’s missing piece throughout the playoffs, a label she proved to be correct many times during Chicago’s amazing run, winning the title as a six-seed.

“It feels great. My high school coach is here, ”Parker said. “I know Pat (Summitt) is watching. Got the whole town here. We have the whole city here. We are masters of life now. ”

Brittney Griner was a focal point for Phoenix’s early offense. The seven-time All-Star finished the match with 28 points, of which 18 came in the first half. Laughing and guarding Skylar Diggins-Smith helped lead a 9-0 run to end the second quarter and give Phoenix a 44-37 edge at the break.

Parker initially had trouble getting into a rhythm offensively and went one for six off the floor with just four points at the end of the first half.

Kahleah Copper, who had been a force in the first four matches of the final, achieved MVP honors in the championship.

BECOMES TECHNICAL

Emotions were high for both teams right from the start as Taurasi and Sky striker Kahleah Copper were each hit with technical errors within a 50-second tension in the first quarter.

PACKED HOUSE

The Sky drew a sold-out crowd despite the Chicago Bears hosting the rival Green Bay Packers just down the street at Soldier Field. Chance, the rapper was again present to support his hometown team.

TIP-INS:

Chicago coach James Wade became the third black male coach to win a WNBA championship and joined Michael Cooper, who did it with the Los Angeles Sparks, and Corey Gaines, who did it with Phoenix. … Phoenix had been 4-0 in the WNBA Finals after losses until Sunday’s defeat.

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