Candace Parker’s triple-double propels Sky ahead of Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) – Candace Parker finished with her second career triple-double and the Chicago Sky pulled out in the second half to beat the Washington Mystics 82-73 on Sunday.

Parker had 16 points, 13 rebounds and a 10th assist on an Allie Quigley field goal with 21.2 seconds remaining.

It was the 11th triple-double in WNBA history. Parker joins Sheryl Swoopes and Courtney Vandersloot as the only three players to have accomplished the feat twice.

“It means a lot,” Parker said. “Being in the business with Sloot who does that on a regular basis and will end up leading the league in assists. And Sheryl Swoopes, I grew up watching her play and idolizing her. Being in that business. I surrender I realize there are more coming behind me. I hope the coaches watch the post players, point forward, that’s where it’s at.

Parker was the sixth player to achieve a triple-double when she did it in 2017 against the San Antonio Stars. New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu was the last to record a triple-double, accomplishing the feat in May 2021 against the Minnesota Lynx.

Azura Stevens scored 13 off the bench for Chicago (3-2). Quigley and Kahleah Copper added 12 points each, while Emma Meesseman and reserve Rebekah Gardner scored 11.

Ariel Atkins had 20 points to lead Washington (5-2), which led 42-38 at halftime before being trailed 23-13 in the third quarter. Elena Delle Donne threw with 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Mystics, who fell one game behind first-place Las Vegas with the loss. Shakira Austin scored 14.


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