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WNBA: Allie Quigley powers Sky past reeling Fever

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Allie Quigley scored five of her 16 points off the bench in the final two minutes, helping the Chicago Sky to an 83-79 win over the Indiana Fever in a Commissioner’s Cup game on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Quigley sank a 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining that snapped a 77-77 tie and then drained a contested jumper that lifted the Sky (4-7) to their second straight win.

Chicago has won nine of its last 11 meetings against the Fever (1-11), who lost their seventh consecutive game on Saturday despite receiving 20 points from Teaira McCowan. Kelsey Mitchell added 16 points, Lindsay Allen had 12 and Tiffany Mitchell finished with 10 for Indiana.

Candace Parker scored a team-best 20 points for the Sky, Kahleah Copper collected 14 points and Stefanie Dolan contributed 11.

Courtney Vandersloot drove the lane for a layup with 3:28 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Chicago a 75-73 lead.

Kelsey Mitchell responded with a pair of jumpers, including one moments after a one-hand tip-in by Parker that tied the score at 77-77.

Chicago improved to 4-2 in Commissioner’s Cup games. The Fever fell to 1-6.

For Parker, it was her first double-digit game since May 15 against Washington.

Indiana trailed 67-66 after three quarters thanks to a Kelsey Mitchell 3-pointer with 46.3 seconds left.

In a tightly played first half, Parker seemed to turn the momentum.

With 1:43 to go and the Sky up 49-46, Parker attempted a 3-pointer near the team bench despite being guarded tightly by Jessica Breland. Parker fell backwards to the floor. The shot was an air ball but Breland was called for a flagrant for not giving Parker enough room to land.

Parker hit all three shots from the free-throw line to push the Sky up 52-46 with 1:43 to play.

Copper made two free throws and hit an off-balance layup to punctuate a 10-3 run and give Chicago a 56-49 lead at the half.

Saturday’s game marked the 100th in Marianne Stanley’s WNBA coaching career.

The Sky and Fever won’t meet again until the final game of the WNBA regular season on Sept. 19 in Chicago.

–Field Level Media

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