Balanced attack lifts Sky to second-round playoff win over Lynx

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Field Level Media
27 Sep 2021, 09:40 GMT+10

Courtney Vandersloot deed for 19 points to pb 5 players successful double-figure scoring arsenic the No. 6 Chicago Sky defeated the No. 3 Minnesota Lynx 89-76 successful a single-elimination second-round playoff crippled Sunday day successful Minneapolis.

The Sky beforehand to play astatine top-seeded Connecticut successful the best-of-five league semifinals opening Tuesday. Chicago's triumph created a five-versus-two matchup successful the different semifinals arsenic Phoenix, an 85-80 victor astatine Seattle earlier connected Sunday, volition question to Las Vegas, besides connected Tuesday.

Chicago led by six points heading into the 4th fourth and rapidly pushed its vantage to 71-58 by the 7:59 people of the period. The Lynx chopped their shortage to 4 points connected a Napheesa Collier 3-pointer with 3:47 to play but would get nary closer.

Kahleah Copper added 16 points for the Sky, who earned a travel to the semifinals for the archetypal clip since 2016. Azura Stevens added 15, with Diamond DeShields adding 14 points disconnected the seat and Allie Quigley tallying 11 for Chicago.

Aerial Powers poured successful 24 points to gait each scorers portion Kayla McBride scored 19 and Sylvia Fowles added 17 points for Minnesota successful the setback. The Lynx mislaid successful a single-elimination circular for the 3rd clip successful the past 4 seasons.

Both teams enjoyed leads successful the archetypal 4th earlier DeShields scored the last 4 points of the play to propulsion Chicago wrong 23-22 aft 10 minutes of play. The 2 sides swapped leads backmost and distant aboriginal successful the 2nd earlier Chicago pulled successful beforehand for the remainder of the half, starring by arsenic galore arsenic six points and settling for a 42-38 vantage astatine intermission.

McBride and Fowles led each scorers astatine halftime with 13 points each portion Copper paced the Sky with 11 points successful the half.

Chicago outshot the Lynx 54.8 percent to 43.2 percent successful the archetypal 20 minutes but some teams were woeful from beyond the arc, with the Sky shooting 2 for 10 from 3-point scope and Minnesota conscionable 2 of 7.

The Sky pushed their pb to 60-50 connected 2 escaped throws by DeShields astatine the 2:59 people of the 3rd quarter. Minnesota finished the play with a 6-2 tally to propulsion wrong 62-56 heading to the last 10 minutes.

--Field Level Media

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