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Candace Parker Returns Home, Helps Lead Chicago Sky to First WNBA Title

The Chicago Sky are atop the WNBA world.

After spending her entire Hall of Fame career in Los Angeles, Candace Parker chose to come home to bring Chicago its first WNBA championship and she did just that in her first year.

“This one is so sweet,” said Parker, who won her first WNBA championship back in 2016 as a member of the Sparks. “To do it with this group. I love this group. I love this team. And to do it here at home, it was just supposed to be… It feels amazing. My high school coach is here, I know Pat’s (Summit) watching. Got the whole city here. We got the whole city here. We are champions for life now.”

Allie Quigley led the Sky with 26 points, while Parker added 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in the 80-74 Game 4 victory. Courtney Vandersloot added 10 points and 15 assists of her own.

“We stayed together,” Sky coach James Wade said following the game. “It was a microcosm of our season, where you go down and you keep pushing. By the end of it, the crowd took over, our players stayed together and you started to see who we were. I never doubted for a minute that we were going to win that game.”

Kahleah Copper, who dominated the Phoenix Mercury through the first three games of the series, earned Finals MVP honors.

“I have this edginess and grittiness about me that’s going to keep me going,” said Copper, who finished Sunday night with 10 points on 39-percent shooting. “It was very important for me to be consistent coming in this year and better than I was last year. You put the work in and you get rewarded.”

Meanwhile for the Mercury, the disappointed was hard-felt and boiled over following the final whistle. Players were unavailable for their postgame press conference and the door to the team’s locker room was left broken. According to reports, more than one member of the team was responsible for the action and the WNBA opened an investigation on the matter.

“It wasn’t our night,” said Phoenix head coach Sandy Brondello. “Allie made some really big shots for them. We left her open, and she made them. It would be nice to be going back to a Game 5 now, but it’s not going to happen this year.”

The party in Chicago begins!

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