Chicago put on a dominant performance as they beat Phoenix 86-50 making it the most prominent lead ever in WNBA Finals history. Despite the Chicago Sky opening the first quarter with six turnovers, they lead their opponents 20-11. With four minutes and fifty-two seconds left on the clock, Kahleah Copper played tremendous for the Sky with 20 points in the first half. Also, the Phoenix Mercury struggled offensively and moved the ball to get teammates open. At the half, Chicago took the lead over Phoenix 24-46; collectively the team hit the floor running, which explains their twenty-two-point forefront.
Chicago outscored their opponents 24-2 points in the paint. Nevertheless, they did doing a great job defending the inside lane. Coach James Wade stated that he intentionally sends different bodies to guard the center Brittney Griner throughout the first half. However, Griner becomes more aggressive when attacking the rim despite being pushed around by defenders to start the second half, allowing her to be 3-4 at the start of half two.
Phoenix shot twenty-eight percent from the field against Chicago at the end of quarter three, who defended their home floor, shooting fifty-one percent. Although the Mercury had a poor performance, I believe it’s safe to say that they will bounce back with a better showing in game four of this finals series. Before the Finals, the Chicago Sky was 16-16. Since then, they have been a completely different team coming into the playoffs healthy. Candice Parker and the Chicago Sky now lead the series 2-1, putting them one game away from achieving a first-time championship title.
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