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Finals Rematch Ends in Similar Fashion: Sky Take Down Mercury 73-70

The reigning WNBA champions fought off a third-quarter Mercury surge to close out their homestand with a win.
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The 2021 WNBA Finals rematch did not disappoint as the Chicago Sky held off a Phoenix Mercury third-quarter surge to secure a 73-70 win.

Prior to the game, All-Star guard and former Sky player Diamond DeShields received her championship ring. Chicago head coach James Wade said he’s proud of DeShields and that she seems healthy.

When the game got underway, it was all Sky in the first half, or so it seemed before WNBA great Diana Taurasi was ejected late in the second quarter for arguing with the referees. Taurasi’s ejection sparked a 21-8 run by the Mercury.

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Phoenix continued that momentum by outscoring the Sky 31-16 in the third quarter.

But the Sky got aggressive in the fourth to will their way back and secure a home-court win.

“I wanted to be aggressive towards the rim and luckily I was able to get some tonight,” said Courtney Vandersloot, who scored 12 points in the final frame to lead the Sky to victory.

Vandersloot finished the night with 18 points, six assists, and two rebounds. As a whole, the Sky put together a strong offensive performance as four players finished with double-digit points. Rookie guard Rebekah Gardner scored 10 points and picked up a couple of steals off the bench.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago Sky will head down to Atlanta at the end of the week to take on the Dream on Friday, June 3. Tip-off is at 6:30 PM CT and the game will air on Marquee Sports Network and Bally Sports Southeast.