Parker, Sky push Dream’s skid to 8

Chicago Sun-Times - - BASEBALL -

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.

AP

The Sky’s Cheyenne Parker (shown against the Sun) scored 17 points Sun­day against the Dream.

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