Kahleah Copper took off and was unstoppable as the Chicago Sky is now one win away from their first WNBA championship.
Copper scored 20 points in an efficient first half performance and led the Sky to an 86-50 Game 3 victory over the Phoenix Mercury at a sold-out Wintrust Arena in Chicago on Friday. It is the largest win margin in WNBA Finals history with 36 points.
“I don’t focus on what we won, it’s just how we played,” said Chicago coach James Wade. “We know we have to stay focused. I want them to feel good about tonight’s win, but after tonight we really need to focus on the next game. We have to sort things out.”
Candace Parker had 13 points in 24 minutes with four rebounds and three assists. Courtney Vandersloot had 10 more assists this Finals. It is her 10th game after the season with double-digit assists, breaking ties with Sue Bird for the record.
The Mercury are looking for their fourth WNBA championship, but to get that, they are aware that game 4 has to be a better achievement.
“We can’t be worse than 50,” Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi said of the Mercury’s low points in the season, which is also the second lowest total in a WNBA Finals game. “We’ll be better than 50. You can take that to Vegas.”
The Sky can wrap up the WNBA Finals on ESPN on Sunday at 3 p.m.