Candace Parker dominates in Sky debut

by Ryan


The Candace Parker era in Chicago is off to a fast start.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year and five-time All-Star looked comfortable in her first game with the Sky after spending the first 13 seasons of her career with the Los Angeles Sparks.

Parker scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished four assists in the Sky’s 70-56 win over the Washington Mystics on Saturday as the WNBA’s 25th anniversary season tip-off continued. 

Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker passes the ball against the Washington Mystics during the first half of their opening game on May 15, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker passes the ball against the Washington Mystics during the first half of their opening game on May 15, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Kahleah Copper also was impressive, scoring a game-high 19 points with eight rebounds.

The Sky assisted on 21 of their 22 shots. 

Tina Charles made her Mystics debut, scoring a team-high 14 points with six rebounds. The Mystics are without Elena Delle Donne as she continues to recover from back surgery and get into game shape.

The Sky also won their first Commissioner’s Cup game, the in-season tournament that will culminate with the top Eastern and Western Conference teams meeting for a $500,000 player prize pool.

The Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces conclude the opening slate of games after an exciting Friday schedule that had winners by the New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu and Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi.

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