Day to days-after writing is not always the best but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to let everything settle down a bit. Sunday afternoon was a bust day in Chicago sports with a handle full of events which did include the Chicago Bears playing the Green Bay Packers, But was a bigger game being held in the great city of Chicago. That game was Game 4 of the WNBA Finals. Despite the determination and large lead (14 points!) from the Phoenix Mercury, the Chicago Sky came roaring back in the final few minutes to close out the series with an 80-74 win to take the series 3-1 and win the first championship in team history.
Congrats to the entire Chicago Sky teams (players, management, and everything connected). Also, what a special moment for to local women to be able to bring a championship to their hometown team- Candace Parker (Naperville Central) and Allie Quigley (Joliet Catholic).
Chicago Sky’s Box Score
Kahleah Copper = Finals MVP
Kahleah Copper was one of three pieces that came to the Chicago Sky back in 2017 when the team traded away the best player in they ever had. That was WNBA star Elena Delle Donne. Copper made fans ever forget about that moment with putting the league on watch this postseason and especially during the finals.
During the four game stretch, she averaged 17 points on 50 percent shooting (25/50) with 5.5 rebounds (2 offensive), an assist, a steal, and two turnovers. She shot 36.3 from beyond the arc (4/11) and 87.5 from the free throw line (14/16). Her 22 point performance in Game 3 also and had no turnovers in it.
And to top it all off, she posted THE PHOTO/MOMENT on her Instagram account after securing the win.
Mercury battled in the series and nearly forced a Game 5. Unfortunately, consistent play from WNBA great Diana Taurasi hurt Phoenix and their chance at another title. Taurasi scored just 21 points (5 in Game 3) over the final two finals games and went 5 for 26 from the field. It’s a huge challenge being the game’s best and to come up short which infuriated Taurasi.
It was reported after the Mercury’s Game 4 loss that Taurasi took out a Wintrust Arena door heading into the team’s lockerroom. To add to that, the whole team ignored media duties and did not do their post game obligations.
Monday, they met with media and Taurasi finally addressed the situation.
Chicago is celebrating their new championship with a parade and rally on Tuesday, October 19. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will start at Wintrust Arena and head down Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Rd. to Randolph St., and head east to Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The rally will begin at noon.
Chicago Sky Superfan Chance The Rapper will be a guest speaker at the parade and rally on Tuesday.
NOW RELIVE THAT AFTERNOON THROUGH VIDEO
- First Quarter- Phoenix Mercury 28, Sky 25.
- Half- Phoenix Mercury 44, Chicago Sky 37.
- Third Quarter- Phoenix Mercury 63, Chicago Sky 54.
- Final- Chicago Sky 80, Phoenix Mercury 74.
- Sky went on a 9-0 late in the fourth and outscored the Mercury 26-11 in the final quarter.