Parker, Faulkner help Sky rally, beat Aces 95-90
CHICAGO (AP) Cheyenne Parker had 20 points and 13 rebounds – both career highs – and Jamierra Faulkner hit a late 3-pointer to help the short-handed Chicago Sky beat the Las Vegas Aces 95-90 on Sunday night.
Rookie Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 25 points and Courtney Vandersloot had season highs with 15 points and 11 assists for the Sky (3-3), who snapped a three-game skid. Faulkner finished with a season-best 17 points, including a career-high tying three 3-pointers – all in the fourth quarter.
Dearica Hamby hit a 3-pointer to pull Las Vegas (1-5) within one with a minute to go, but Vandersloot hit Faulkner for her final 3 to make it 94-90 and DeShields stole a pass, was fouled and hit 1 of 2 free throws to cap the scoring with 36.3 seconds left.
The Sky, who trailed by as many as 15 points, shot just 15.8 percent (3 of 19) in the first quarter. But Chicago scored 33 points in the second, its highest-scoring quarter of the season, and outscored the Aces 28-16 in the third.
Hamby scored a career-high 24 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, and A’ja Wilson added 22 points for Las Vegas.
Chicago’s Stefanie Dolson and Allie Quigley – the team’s leading scorer at 19.3 per game – missed the game with injuries to their foot and hip, respectively.