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Recap: The Sky used a big first quarter to beat the Storm, 78-71

Cheyenne Parker’s scoring outburst lifts the Chicago Sky to their second win over the Seattle Storm this year.

Cheyenne Parker led the Chicago Sky in their win against the Storm with her first double-double of the year.
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The Chicago Sky built a 29-16 lead after the first quarter and went on to win, 78-71, over the Seattle Storm on Sunday. The Sky shot 12-of-19 to open the game. The Storm was outscored 55-49 over the final three quarters and never got closer than six points.

Cheyenne Parker came off the bench to register her sixth career double-double with a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. Parker recorded four double-doubles last season. Stefanie Dolson contributed a season-high 15 points along with five rebounds.

The Sky tied their season-high in three-point attempts with 22 and made a season-high eight of them. It was also the second time this season that all players who stepped on the court for the Sky attempted a three-point shot. Strong action beyond the arc also occurred against their last meeting against Seattle in which the Sky made four three-point shots in the first quarter alone.

The Storm’s offense found scoring from the usual suspects: Jewell Loyd and Natasha Howard, both of whom scored 20 points. However, no other player scored in double-figures. This is just the second time this season the Storm only had two players score in double figures. The other time was in their 72-61 loss to the Lynx.

Up next

The Storm take the court on Tuesday against the up-and-coming Indiana Fever. The Sky will stay at home as Phoenix comes to town on Tuesday.