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In Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, the Chicago Sky made a 91-77 roadway win over the Phoenix Mercury to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. 6 gamers scored in double figures for Chicago in the triumph, led by Kahleah Copper’s 21 points.
Chicago star Candace Parker, who remains in her very first year with her home town group after investing her very first 13 WNBA seasons in Los Angeles, had 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Brittney Griner had 20 points for Phoenix in the loss.
The last time either group reached the finals remained in 2014, when they dealt with each other. The Sky were swept by the Mercury because series 3-0. Phoenix likewise won all 3 video games in this year’s regular-season series, however Parker missed out on the very first 2 video games while recuperating from an ankle injury.
Kahleah Copper, G, Sky: 21 points, 10 rebounds
Allie Quigley, G, Sky: 18 points
Candace Parker, F, Sky: 16 points, 8 rebounds
Brittney Griner, C, Mercury: 20 points, 6 rebounds
Sky Use Big 2nd Quarter to Pull Away
After a carefully objected to very first quarter, the Sky blew up in the 2nd quarter to retreat, outscoring the Mercury 26-10 in the frame.
Chicago upped the pace in the 2nd quarter, scoring more in shift and assaulting earlier in the shot clock.
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Even more remarkable was the Sky’s deal with defense. Chicago’s activity suppressed Phoenix and required it into uncharacteristic turnovers. The Mercury amounted to 11 first-half turnovers, the most in any half this season.
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The Sky appeared to discover a winning formula when they stopped double-teaming Mercury center Brittney Griner and stayed at home on the border gamers, requiring them to shoot objected to three-pointers. Phoenix went 0-of-5 from deep in the quarter. Chicago ended the 2nd quarter on a 17 -2 run and took a 46-35 lead into halftime.
The Mercury tried to claw back in the 2nd half and cut the deficit to 7 points, however the Sky had a response and stopped every rally.
When Chicago views movie of Sunday’s video game, the group’s efficiency in the 2nd quarter will likely get a lots of focus. If the Sky can match the effort from that quarter on both ends of the flooring, they have a likelihood to make another roadway win Wednesday.
Diana Taurasi Doomed by Fouls and Turnovers
Mercury star Diana Taurasi had an uncharacteristic proving in Sunday’s video game. In spite of scoring 17 points, Taurasi watched out of sorts throughout the contest and dedicated 6 turnovers and 5 fouls.
Taurasi’s disappointment boiled over in the 3rd quarter when she got a technical nasty. She was fouled by Chicago’s Diamond DeShields while shooting a three-pointer however brought her by far on DeShields’ face and broke her safety glasses. The play was evaluated and Taurasi was figured out to have actually made an abnormal movement, leading to the technical.
The Mercury had a fast turn-around after topping the Las Vegas Aces in Game 5 of the WNBA semifinals Friday. Taurasi didn’t utilize tiredness as a reason, stating they were simply being beat by the Sky.
” We’re not tired, we’re simply getting our ass kicked today.”
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Phoenix cleared its bench with a little over 4 minutes delegated play, pulling Taurasi in addition to Skylar Diggins-Smith and Brittney Griner.
The Mercury ended up with 18 turnovers Sunday. Phoenix will need to play more effectively in Game 2 if it wants to prevent a 0-2 hole.
Both the Sky and Mercury will have a number of days off prior to going back to action for Game 2 on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.