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The Chicago Sky put their championship experience on full display, defeating the brand new York Liberty 90-72 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday night in Game 3 to win the series 2-1 and prevent a first-round playoff exit.
The defending WNBA champions were led by their future Hall-of-Famer, as star center Candace Parker nearly recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks. In every, six players scored in double figures for Chicago in a balanced effort.
Fans on social media marketing praised Parker on her behalf versatile performance and steady effort on both ends of the ground to power the Sky to victory:
Storm Chasers @WNBAStormChaser
Candace Parker isnt going to let her team venture out like this! #SkyTown back up 9!
Cedric Golden @CedGolden
Candace Parker…ageless. #WNBA
@Candace_Parker said Im Gucci with the lefty turnaround
Parker’s performance outshined Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu, who also had 14 points but shot 2-of-7 from three-point range and had five turnovers.
Along with Parker’s big night, Kahleah Copper and Allie Quigley had 15 points apiece for Chicago. Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and 10 assists, Emma Meesseman had 12 points and Azura Stevens also had 12 points off the bench.
Chicago advanced to the WNBA semifinals for the fourth amount of time in franchise history and awaits the winner of the Dallas Wings vs. the Connecticut Sun. The Sky are trying to end up being the first team to repeat as champion because the LA Sparks in 2001 and 2002.