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WNBA: Big fourth quarter carries Sky past Storm

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Kahleah Copper scored 26 points as the Chicago Sky rallied to defeat the Seattle Storm 73-69 on Friday night in Everett, Wash.

Stefanie Dolson added 12 points and Azura Stevens had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Sky (13-12). Chicago outscored Seattle 22-14 in the fourth quarter to beat the Storm for the second time in as many meetings this season.

Breanna Stewart scored 18, Jewell Loyd had 12 and Mercedes Russell 11 for the Storm (18-9), who host the Sky again Sunday.

Russell and Stewart had consecutive baskets to help the Storm extended their four-point halftime lead to 39-30 early in the third quarter.

The Sky got as close as two points before an 11-6 run gave Seattle a seven-point lead.

Chicago got within two points again, but Jordin Canada made two free throws to give the Storm a 55-51 lead at the end of the period.

The Sky pulled within one point, but Stewart scored the next four points for a 59-54 lead.

With 4:41 to play, Copper’s 3-pointer tied the score at 63.

Chicago’s Allie Quigley made a 3-pointer and Copper added a basket to give the Sky a 68-65 lead with 2:27 to go.

Stewart made two free throws, but Copper answered with a layup and two free throws that gave the Sky a 72-67 edge with 34.5 seconds left.

Both teams shot poorly in the first quarter, each hitting 29.4 percent (5 of 17) from the floor.

Chicago made 1 of 5 3-point attempts and Seattle missed all four of its shots from beyond the arc, but the Storm made three more free throws to take a 14-12 lead at the end of the period.

Dana Evans made a 3-pointer to end a 7 1/2-minute field-goal drought for the Sky and pull them within a point early in the second quarter.

Sue Bird and Loyd made Seattle’s first two 3-pointers to produce a 28-20 lead midway through the period.

The Sky scored the next six points before the Storm took a 32-28 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

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