Former Gonzaga point guard Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and 10 assists in a deciding Game 3 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday evening, advancing the Chicago Sky to the second round of the WNBA playoffs.
After getting beat badly in Game 1, the defending champion Sky bounced back with a blowout victory in Game 2 and used a big 22-7 fourth quarter run to blow this one open and continue their quest to become the first team since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-2002 to repeat as WNBA champions.
“We knew what we had to do,” coach and general manager James Wade, the 2022 WNBA executive of the year, said after the game. “(The players) were all on a mission and you could tell it was a collective mission. I think we just decided that it’s ‘go time.’ We wanted to show them what we were really made of and we responded in Game 2. We just built on it after that.”
Sloot put on a clinic as a passer Tuesday evening, showcasing the diverse array of skills that have her sitting No. 3 on the all-time assist leaderboard in WNBA history.
Here is a look at some of her best work from Game 3 while the Sky await their next opponent, sitting just six games away from back-to-back titles:
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