Sky hopes for the same electric power for game 4 of the final originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Kahleah Copper’s 22-point game on Friday helped the Chicago Sky come one step closer to winning the team’s first WNBA title.
The Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury 86-50 in a sold-out Wintrust Arena. The team will play Game 4 on Sunday, potentially winning a championship in front of a home crowd.
“The whole city showed up,” said Candace Parker, who scored 13 points in Game 3. “I mean I stopped at the game and people were lined up 2-3 hours before. We knew so the energy was going to be tremendous and we had to do our part.”
The crowd included an all-star cast with Chance the Rapper, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Chicago Bears players Justin Fields and Roquan Smith.
“I really feel Chicago, I really feel it,” Sky head coach James Wade said. “The way they (the fans) have come out and they’re supporting you can feel the passion they have and it gives us more. It gives us more passion and so hopefully we can see the same on Sunday. and that we can all celebrate together.”
Guard Diamond DeShields — daughter of former Chicago Cub Delino DeShields — finished Friday’s game with 11 points, 2 assists and 5 rebounds. DeShields said winning his first career championship on home soil would be really special. She recalled when Wade first came to Chicago in 2019 and talked about what the team wanted to accomplish.
“That would be an amazing feat,” DeShields said. “Not just because we won, but just because of who we could. This group is really special. It would mean a lot.”
Wade won the 2019 WNBA Coach of the Year after guiding stars like DeShields, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot to next-level play. In Game 3, Vandersloot recorded the most assists in a single postseason (87) in WNBA history. Before the match, she was named to the All-WNBA Second Team for the third time in her career.
Sky’s front office filled out the list by adding two-time MVP Parker to the list in February. Parker has been just a spark in the Sky attack since. After Friday’s game, Parker is tied with Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore for second all-time in WNBA playoff history with 378 field goals.
Parker, the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, is looking to win his second WNBA championship of his career. She won her first with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016.
“I was telling my team that I’m 0-2 closing Game 4 at home,” Parker said. “I don’t want it to continue. We know they (Mercury) are a fantastic team and they’re going to come and they’re going to be ready. They’re going to rest and they’re going to come back stronger. We have to do our part.
The Sky will play the Mercury in Game 4 on Sunday in front of another sold-out crowd at Wintrust Arena.