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Late Surge Falls Short As Washington Mystics Beat Chicago Sky 84-82

The Chicago Sky fell to the Washington Mystics 84-82.

Chicago Sky Washington Mystics game recap
Photo: Paul Beaty/AP

A late 22-9 run by the Chicago Sky was not enough, as Candace Parker’s final shot of the game did not fall. The Washington Mystics hold off the Sky to secure the win 84-82.

Head coach James Wade was upset over the final shot of the game. He believed Elizabeth Williams fouled Candace Parker.

“She pushed her off her path and then reached, that was a foul”

Chicago Sky head coach James Wade on the final play of the game.

Wade followed up by sarcastically saying he needs to go to basketball school because he doesn’t understand the game.

“I’ve been in it for a while, but I probably need to go back to school.”

James Wade

Lack of defensive intensity derailed the Chicago Sky on Wednesday evening leading to a few Mystics runs that kept them down throughout the game.

Mystics’ guard, Ariel Atkins, picked apart the Sky’s defense tonight, filling up the stat sheet. Atkins finished with a game-high of 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Chicago Sky Hardships Continue

The shooting sorrows continued for the Sky, but coach Wade has other thoughts. “There are no shooting woes,” said James Wade. “We don’t play at the three-point line. I don’t care about that.”

Tonight the Sky hit six of 21 shots from the three-point line. Allie Quigley knocked down two out of five shots from behind the arc.

Rookie guard, Rebekah Gardner, was the spark the Chicago Sky needed on both ends of the court. She hit a three and picked up several steals.

“I think it’s going to be known in a little while that she is a real basketball player.”

Chicago Sky head coach James Wade

Rebekah Gardner ended the night with 12 points, two steals, and one rebound.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago Sky are back on the road as they head to play Connecticut to take on the always competitive Sun on Friday, June 10.

The Sun are currently 10-2 sitting at the top of the WNBA standings. This game will be aired on NESN+, CW 26, and Twitter. Tip-off is at 6:00 PM CT.

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