A recent stop on the Sue Bird farewell tour–Wintrust Arena. The Chicago Sky dropped to 25-9, losing 100-111 to the Seattle Storm.
The Storm were clicking on all cylinders: Breanna Stewart finished with 25 points and nine rebounds, Gabby Williams with 21 points and seven assists, and Bird with 10 points and eight assists.
Seattle also set extreme records tonight, scoring a franchise record: 66 first-half points, adding to Chicago’s 55 points and making it the highest scoring first half this season in the WNBA, 121. Probably the most impressive record broken by the Storm, 37 assists: the most in WNBA history.
Out the gate, Seattle made nine of its first 11 field goals shooting 76.2%, incredible, in the first quarter to build a 38-26 lead. Afterward, the Storm held a sizable lead, reaching a 17-point lead with 5:56 on Stephanie Talbot’s 3-pointer left before halftime. Seattle finished the half 28-for-42 shooting (66.7%) with 24 of the record-setting 37 assists.
Things were not all bad for the Sky. Candace Parker had a sweet, ESPN top-10 type highlight at the 4:10 mark of the second quarter. On the block, Parker faced up against Storm forward Stephanie Talbot, faking a pass and scoring an easy two as Talbot was left confused.
Courtney Vandersloot led the Sky with 28 points, shooting an efficient 10-for-15 from the field and adding seven assists. Kahleah Copper scored 17 points, Parker had 14 points, and Azurá Stevens added 12.
Despite the loss, the Sky played an efficient, team-oriented game and still holds the top record in the WNBA. But, with their next matchup being the Las Vegas Aces on Thursday, they may face some competition for the top spot. Regardless if the Sky hold the No. 1 or No. 2 spot, they will have home-court advantage in their first-round matchup. They are predicted to play either the Phoenix Mercury or the Atlanta Dream in the first round.
By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy