Los Angeles Times

Sky move within a win of their first title

- Wire reports

Kahleah Copper scored 20 of her 22 points in the first half and Chicago used dominant defense for a record rout of the visiting Phoenix Mercury, 86-50 on Friday night, moving the Sky one victory away from the franchise’s first WNBA title.

“I was telling my team I’m 0-2 in Game 4 closeout at home,” said Candace Parker, who added 13 points and is one win from completing a magical homecoming after leaving the Sparks and joining the Sky. “I don’t want that to continue. We know they are a fantastic team and they’ll come out and be ready. Come back stronger.”

The Sky dominated, holding Brittney Griner to four first-half points on onefor-eight shooting after she scored 29 in the Mercury’s overtime win Wednesday. Chicago also took Diana Taurasi out of the game, holding her to five points on one-for-10 shooting.

University of South Carolina coach Dawn Staley received a seven-year extension worth $22.4 million . ... Milwaukee Bucks general

manager Jon Horst signed a multiyear extension . ... Julius Randle’s jumper at the buzzer gave New York a 115113 win over Washington to

cap a perfect preseason.

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