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Next Up… The Commissioner’s Cup

The Sky takes on the Las Vegas Aces

With Wednesday’s 78-74 victory against the Seattle Storm (17-7), the Chicago Sky (20-6) are now playoff bound. The Sky are the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth and hold the best record.

While they are currently atop the league, they still face challenges. The next obstacle they face will be against the Las Vegas Aces (18-8) in the Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday, July 26.

The Commissioner’s Cup is an in-season competition of the Women’s National Basketball Association that begins at the start of the regular season and continues throughout the first half of the season. The final is played between the top teams from the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. A total of 60 regular-season contests involving all 12 teams count toward the Cup standings.

The total compensation tops out at $500,000, with the winning team making around $30,000 per player and the game’s MVP taking home an additional $5,000. On the losing team’s side, players will earn $10,000 each.

The winning team would also receive the Commissioner’s Cup Trophy.

Since coming out of the All-Star break, the Aces have enjoyed a four-game winning streak (three being on the road), averaging an astounding 102 points per game.

The team is clicking right now, and with all the offensive firepower they have, they definitely pose a threat to the Sky.

But, the Sky are currently on a 9-1 game stretch and have completed their quickest path to 20 wins in franchise history, eclipsing their 20-8 mark in 2013. That season, the Sky finished 24-10 before losing to the Indiana Fever in the first round of the playoffs.

The eminence is, without question, due to the camaraderie powered by their four 2022 All-Stars: Candace Parker, Courtney Vandersloot, Kahleah Copper, and recent free-agent signer Emma Meesseman — as well as the contributions of Allie Quigley, Azurá Stevens, Rebekah Gardner, and others.

Though the team lost the significant pieces, Diamond DeShields, to the Phoenix Mercury and Stefanie Dolson to the New York Liberty, they still sit in the upper echelon offensively and defensively; number two offensively (105.2) and number five defensively (97.8).

Right now, the group is clicking on all cylinders and will look to continue its torrid pace into the postseason, which begins August 17.

 

By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy

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Written by Jeremiah Griffith

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