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WNBA: Sky snap losing streak, extend Fever’s skid

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Five Chicago players scored in double figures Wednesday night as the Sky snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 92-76 win over the visiting Indiana Fever, who lost their sixth consecutive game.

Courtney Vandersloot paced the Sky (3-7) with 17 points and nine assists, while Stefanie Dolson and reserve Azura Stevens each added 12 points. Kahleah Copper contributed 11 points, and Allie Quigley came off the bench to chip in 10 points.

Chicago star Candace Parker returned after missing eight games with a sprained ankle, scoring only three points in just under 18 minutes of playing time. Parker did contribute five rebounds and two assists, but she committed a team-high four turnovers.

Kelsey Mitchell canned six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points for Indiana (1-10), but it wasn’t enough.

Indiana also got 20 from Tiffany Mitchell and 14 points from Jantel Lavender but again experienced problems stopping its opponent. The Fever came into the game permitting 89.6 points per game and couldn’t keep the Sky from exceeding that.

Chicago hit 45.1 percent from the field, including a solid 9 of 23 (39.1 percent) from the 3-point arc, and sank 19 of 21 foul shots.

A fast start was all the Sky needed to establish a working margin for the night. A 14-2 run, capped by Dana Evans’ 3-pointer with 1:24 left in the first quarter, gave them a 25-10 lead. The 25-12 margin after 10 minutes was one Indiana simply couldn’t overcome.

Diamond DeShields’ layup with 3:36 remaining in the second quarter upped the Chicago advantage to 43-26. The Fever were able to score with consistency for the half’s remainder but couldn’t get stops. Another DeShields hoop gave the Sky a 51-39 cushion at intermission.

Indiana made its move late in the third quarter, closing within 62-58 at the 1:18 mark when Teaira McCowan canned two foul shots. However, a Quigley 3-pointer with a minute left initiated a 7-0 run that Vandersloot capped with a driving layup for a 69-58 lead going to the fourth period.

–Field Level Media

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