Candace Parker leads Sky ahead of Liberty for 6th consecutive victory | Sportsxchange


Candace Parker recorded a double-double in the first half and finished with a record 23 points while grabbing 12 rebounds as visiting Chicago Sky tied a club record with their sixth straight victory, beating New York Liberty 92-72 Tuesday.

Parker, who missed Chicago’s 93-85 home loss to New York on May 23, had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half for the Sky (8-7), who are 7-0. with their star striker in the lineup.

The 35-year-old veteran shot 9 of 16 from the field and 3 of 4 on 3 points. Parker had six assists in just 23 minutes for Chicago, which hasn’t lost since the last loss in seven skids on June 5 in Los Angeles.

Allie Quigley scored 14 off the bench while Courtney Vandersloot added 10 points and 10 assists for Chicago.

Sky, who had five players scored in double digits, used points of 8-0 and 7-0 in the first half to lead 48-32 at the break.

Betnijah Laney had 18 points for the Liberty (7-7), who missed their first 12 attempts by 3 points before Kylee Shook knocked one down with 3:23 remaining in the second quarter. Still struggling with an ankle problem, star goaltender Sabrina Ionescu came off the bench to score six points with eight rebounds and seven assists for New York, who went 6 of 28 from long distance and made 16 turnovers to lose for the sixth time in eight games.

Chicago shot 45% and played a defense strong enough to hamper the Liberty, who were limited to 14 points in the first quarter. Parker scored seven of Chicago’s last 15 points in the first half. Then she scored her third 3 points of the game as Sky scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to go up 55-34.

Parker scored nine points in the third quarter and missed the final period for Sky, who led up to 28 points en route to a third straight road victory.

The teams will meet again Thursday evening in New York.


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