Chicago Sky v New York Liberty
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Candace Parker’s double-double paced the Chicago Sky in their blowout win over the New York Liberty. Plus, the Dallas Wings easily defeated the Indiana Fever.

The Chicago Sky scored 37 points in the second quarter and placed five players in double figures en route to a 91-68 victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Candace Parker notched a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double and also had four assists for the Sky, who are now 8-0 with her and 9-7 overall after seven-consecutive wins.

The Liberty, who lost to the Sky 92-72 on Tuesday, fell to 7-8 and have lost four of five and seven of nine.

“It’s nice to win games in (blowout) fashion,” said Sky wing Diamond DeShields, who tied Kahleah Copper with a game-high 18 points. “But we always say it and we echo it in the locker room: ‘you can’t get used to winning.’ And I think that that statement just keeps us going harder at each and every game and understanding where we are, understanding that we’re a hot team in the league and teams want to beat us.”

Copper had seven boards while Courtney Vandersloot (13 points, nine assists) was one assist shy of five-straight points-assists double-doubles. Allie Quigley chipped in with 13 points.

The Sky’s impressive run after losing seven in a row has them in fourth place, just one game behind the third-place Connecticut Sun (9-5).

In addition, Chicago is second in the Eastern Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings with a chance to move ahead of the first-place Sun on Sunday.

“I’m used to spending the last 20 years in Europe playing in two different championships where you have a cup and you have a championship and I think both of them are very important,” Wade said. “So it’s an important game for us, we don’t take it lightly.”

Rookie Michaela Onyenwere had 16 points and six rebounds in defeat.

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Dallas Wings (7-8) over Indiana Fever (1-15), 89-64

The Wings jumped out to a 24-12 lead after one and a 43-24 lead at the break. Satou Sabally led the team with 15 points and nine rebounds while No. 1 overall pick Charli Collier reached a career-high 12 points to along with seven boards. Collier’s performance was a good sign for Dallas, which has had trouble managing her development at times this season. She played a career-high 27:10.

Marina Mabrey added 14 points to the winning cause while Allisha Gray and Isabelle Harrison had 13 and 10, respectively. Arike Ogunbowale was held to 10 points, though she had a game-high five assists.

Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 24 points in defeat, strengthening her All-Star case despite Indiana’s struggles.



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