The Washington Post

Parker returns to help Chicago snap seven-game losing streak


SKY 92, FEVER 76

Candace Parker made her hometown debut for Chicago and Courtney Vandersloo­t led the way offensivel­y with 17 points and nine assists as the Sky beat the Indiana Fever, 92-76, on Wednesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Parker returned home to Chicago in the offseason after a 13-year stint with the Los Angeles Sparks, but she entered having played just one game because of an ankle injury.

She struggled from the field, shooting 1 for 9 in 18 minutes, but she grabbed five rebounds and had a key steal in the fourth quarter.

Chicago led 25-12 after the first quarter but had it cut to 62-58 with 1:18 left in the third quarter. Allie Quigley answered with a three-pointer, and Vandersloo­t scored the final four points of the period to extend Chicago’s lead to 69-58.

Chicago made a season-high nine three-pointers, and Indiana turned it over 16 times.

Azura Stevens and Stefanie Dolson each added 12 points for Chicago (3-7). Kahleah Copper had 11, and Quigley scored 10. Diamond Deshields needed to be helped off the floor midway through the fourth quarter.

Kelsey Mitchell scored 24 points, making six three-pointers, for Indiana (1-10). Tiffany Mitchell added 20 points with six rebounds. Jantel Lavender had 14 points and seven rebounds against her former team.

STORM 95, DREAM 71: l

Jewell Loyd scored 13 of her 18 points in the first quarter to lead six Seattle players in double figures, and the Storm cruised past Atlanta in College Park, Ga.

Breanna Stewart had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Sue Bird added 11 points and six assists for Seattle (8-2), which rebounded after a last-second loss to Dallas on Sunday. Stephanie Talbot chipped in 13 points off the bench, Mercedes Russell also scored 11, and Katie Lou Samuelson added 10.

Bird and Talbot each made three of Seattle’s 12 three-pointers compared with Atlanta’s 3-for-26 shooting from behind the arc. The Storm shot 55.6 percent from the field, including 12 of 22 from behind the arc. Seattle also hit 13 of 16 free throws.

Tiffany Hayes finished with 22 points for Atlanta (4-5). Elizabeth Williams had eight points and 12 rebounds. Atlanta was held to 35.8 percent shooting.

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