The Chicago Sky put up its highest point total of the season on Friday, scoring 99 points in a blowout of the New York Liberty. Each Sky starter scored in double figures, led by Courtney Vandersloot’s double-double of 17 points and 12 assists.
The final score of 99-83 wasn’t necessarily indicative of how the Liberty played. Chicago led 27-25 after one quarter, and New York actually won the second half, 48-44.
It was a dominant second quarter from Chicago, though, that ultimately decided the game. New York scored just 10 points, with this buzzer-beating shot from Gabby Williams serving as the Sky’s exclamation point:
After that, it was smooth sailing for Chicago. Head coach James Wade was so comfortable with his team’s consistent double-digit lead that he gave the OK for Jamierra Faulkner to see her first action since injuring her knee in 2018. Katie Lou Samuelson (hand) and Astou Ndour (EuroBasket) also made their returns to the Chicago rotation.
New York likewise welcomed back several players from absences. Amanda Zahui B. and Bria Hartley were competing in EuroBasket, as was Marine Johannès, who made her WNBA debut. Rebecca Allen, who had been sidelined since June with a hand injury, also made her return.
Curiously, Asia Durr dressed but did not play for New York. The team did not immediately give a reason as to why.
Both teams will be back at it on Sunday, with Chicago traveling to Dallas and New York continuing its road trip with a match against Seattle. Both games will be available to watch on League Pass.