Parker, Sky push Dream’s skid to 8
BRADENTON, Fla. — Cheyenne Parker led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points, and the Sky cruised to a 92-67 victory Sunday against the Dream, who lost their eighth consecutive game.
Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley added 14 points apiece and Kahleah Copper 11 for the Sky, who improved to 7-4 at the midpoint of the regular season.
‘‘We’ve lost some games that we felt like we should have given ourselves a better opportunity to win,’’ Sky coach James Wade said. ‘‘But as long as everybody’s healthy, we can make this push right now. And if everybody remains healthy, I think it’s in our favor.
‘‘We’re learning we’re not who we are going to be at the end of the regular season, and that’s OK. We just have to keep on working to get there.’’
The Sky used a 15-2 run to open a 25-14 lead when Sydney Colson made two free throws about a minute into the second quarter. They shot 37-for-64 (57.8%) from the field, including 7-for-14 from three-point range, and made 11 of their 12 free throws.
‘‘This was a great win for us,’’ Parker said. ‘‘The biggest part about it is how we won, which is cumulatively with defensive stops and just moving the ball, cutting.
‘‘So I think we need to carry it over and need to take it up even more, at even another level. I think we all need to just continue to stay hungry, and I think we all know that.’’
Courtney Williams scored 15 points, Monique Billings 12 and Betnijah Laney 10 for the Dream (2-9).
The Dream, who have playing without exciting rookie Chennedy Carter since she was injured in the opening minutes of a loss to the Sun last Monday, shot 39.7% from the field and made only two of their 14 threepointers. Carter is averaging 17 points and is shooting 42.1% from three-point range.
Storm 95, Sun 72
Breanna Stewart scored 19 points, Natasha Howard had her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds and the Storm (10-1) drubbed the Sun (4-7) for their eighth consecutive victory. The Storm, who are off to the best start in franchise history, shot 56.9% from the field and made 13 of their 23 three-pointers.
Wings 95, Mercury 89
Arike Ogunbowale scored a season-high 33 points, including six three-pointers, to help the Wings (4-7) defeat the Mercury (6-5) and end a three-game losing streak.
The Sky’s Cheyenne Parker (shown against the Sun) scored 17 points Sunday against the Dream.