In SummaryThe Sky advanced to their second WNBA Finals in team history when they defeated the Connecticut Sun in the semifinals.
It is a great time to be a Chicago sports fan these days. The Chicago Sky has advanced to the WNBA Finals for the second time in franchise history after they eliminated the Connecticut Sun 3-to-1 in the best-of-five semifinals, according to the WNBA website.
They were led by Candace Parker, who is from Naperville, Illinois. She had 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the semifinals clincher. Parker is very familiar with reaching the championship stage, as she won a title with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016 and was named Finals MVP.
“It means so much, looking up in the stands and seeing familiar faces, and I grew up playing in front of these people,” said the two-time MVP. “It really is emotional, I mean we’re not done yet, but you just sometimes have to stop and think and really appreciate this moment.”
They got a special shoutout from one notable Chicago sports fan: former President Barack Obama.
“It’s always good to be from Chicago, but this year is especially sweet. Congratulations to the @ChicagoSky for making it to the WNBA finals, and to the legend, @Candace_Parker, for making all of us proud. We’ll be rooting for you,” Obama said on his Twitter.
The Chicago Sky’s run to the finals is remarkable, considering the fact they finished the regular season with a 16-16 record and were the sixth seed in the playoffs. They defeated the Dallas Wings in the first round, the Minnesota Lynx in the second-round single elimination and now have taken on the Sun. Their next match will be against the winner of the best-of-five semifinal series between the Las Vegas Aces and the Phoenix Mercury.
Game 1 of the WNBA Finals will begin on Oct. 10.