Kahleah Copper scored 22 factors and the Chicago Sky clamped down on the visiting Phoenix Mercury to take a 2-1 lead within the WNBA Finals with an 86-50 victory on Friday night time.
The Solar bounced again from a 91-86 extra time loss to maneuver inside one victory of their first WNBA title. Recreation 4 of the best-of-five sequence can be Sunday night in Chicago, reside on Sky Sports activities Enviornment from 8pm.
The Sky opened a nine-point lead on the finish of the primary quarter and expanded it to 22 factors heading into halftime.
Candace Parker added 13 factors, Diamond DeShields scored 11 off the bench and Courtney Vandersloot had 10 assists for Chicago.
Brittney Griner scored 16 to steer Phoenix, however Diana Taurasi had simply 5 factors and Skylar Diggins-Smith seven.
The Solar held the Mercury to 25.8 per cent capturing from the ground, together with 25 per cent from three-point vary. Taurasi was 1-10 from the sector, together with 1-8 on three-point tries, and Diggins-Smith was 2-9, together with 1-4 from lengthy distance.
The Mercury scored the primary 4 factors of the third quarter, however the Sky scored the following 4 and Azura Stevens’ basket quickly prolonged the result in 56-32.
Chicago led by 26 factors on two events earlier than holding a 62-38 edge on the finish of the third quarter.
Parker and Vandersloot had two baskets every as Chicago opened an early 11-4 lead.
Phoenix acquired inside 4, however Copper had 5 factors late within the quarter because the Sky took a 20-11 lead into the second.
Allie Quigley and Copper scored six factors every as Chicago prolonged its result in 35-16.
Taurasi responded with a three-pointer, however the Sky constructed the result in 21 factors. Diggins-Smith made a three-pointer for the Mercury earlier than Chicago scored the ultimate 4 factors to take a 46-24 halftime lead. Copper had 20 factors on the break.
The 22-point halftime margin tied a WNBA Finals report set by the Mercury towards the Sky in Recreation 1 of the 2014 finals.