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Sky eliminate Storm behind Faulkner's record-setting performance

Jamierra Faulkner continues to show why she's a steal from last year's WNBA Draft. The second-year guard for the Chicago Sky set a new record for steals, as the Sky annihilated the Seattle Storm.

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The Chicago Sky completely demolished a Storm team who is still missing three Olympians by a final of 93-65 Sunday in Chicago. Jamierra Faulkner set a Sky record, recording six steals in the victory.

The Sky would take full advantage of the shorthanded Storm out of the gate as they forced five turnovers and built a 16-0 lead by the 5:22 mark. Seattle would finally find an offensive rhythm when Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis entered the game. The 3rd overall pick would score five points in the quarter and lead Seattle on a 15-10 run the rest of the period to make the score 26-15 at the end of one.

Jenna O'Hea helped continue the Storm run, hitting two quick threes to start the second quarter and bring Seattle within eight before Chicago, behind Courtney Vandersloot and Cheyenne Parker built the Sky lead back to 16 with just over six minutes to go in the quarter.

The Sky would continue to pull away as they extended their advantage all the way to 22 before a highly unusual four-point play occurred that saw Jewell Loyd hit a three while Quanitra Hollingsworth was fouled away from the play.

The foul gave Hollingsworth a single free throw attempt which she would sink to spark a Storm mini run led by Loyd, who finished with 13 of her 21 points before halftime. Even so the Sky would take a 51-35 lead into the locker room.

In the third, Seattle would cut the Chicago lead down to 12 before the intense defense of Faulkner and the electric offense of Alley Quigley led a Sky response that would see Chicago build their advantage back to 68-50 entering the fourth quarter.

The Storm would again cut into the Sky lead at the start of the final period, getting as close as 13 before Faulkner and Quigley take over and bury the Storm. By the end of the night, Chicago would torch Seattle 93-65.

The Sky's leading scorer was Quigley, who finished with 17, but the star of the game was Faulkner, who scored 14 points to go along with six assists and her franchise record six steals. Ellena Delle-Donne would add 13 points and seven rebounds in just 23 minutes. She also surpassed 1,500 career points. Vandersloot would add 10 points and a team-high six assists. She has now broken her own franchise record for assists in a season.

Despite the poor performance from Seattle, Jewell Loyd did not disappoint in her hometown debut, finishing with a game-high and career-high tying 21 points and a career-high tying seven rebounds.

O'Hea finished with 13 points off the bench, while Crystal Langhorne added 12 points, five rebounds, and four steals. Angel Goodrich contributed a game-high and personal season-high tying eight assists in the loss.

The defeat combined with a victory earlier in the day by LA eliminates the Storm from playoff contention.