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Sky's Vandersloot sets single postseason assists record

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Courtney Vandersloot

Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot has been dominant for her team during the playoffs.

After Friday's 86-50 victory against the Phoenix Mercury, Vandersloot became the first WNBA player to total three double figure assist games in a WNBA Finals series. She also became the first player to have four career double-figure assist games in the Finals.

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The guard finished Game 3 with 10 assists, passing Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird for most WNBA playoff games with double-digit assists (10). Vandersloot also recorded the most assists in a single postseason (87) in WNBA history.

Hours before tip-off, Vandersloot was named to the All-WNBA second team for the third time in her career.

In Game 2, Vandersloot led the offense with 20 points, 14 assists and had a running lay-up to tie the game with 4.4 seconds remaining. Unfortunately, the Sky lost to the Mercury in overtime.

"I think it's special," Sky head coach James Wade told CBS after her Game 2 performance. "It really is hard for me to focus on individual accomplishments. She's done a great job."

The Sky made their first WNBA Finals appearance in 2014. They lost the title to the Mercury in a three-game sweep.

Now the Sky (2-1) look to make a comeback against the Mercury for a chance at winning the title in front of a sold-out home crowd Sunday at Wintrust Arena.

 

"We know that they're (Mercury) a fantastic team and they're gonna come in and they're gonna be ready," two-time MVP Candace Parker said after Game 3's victory. "They're gonna get rest and they're gonna come back stronger. We got to do our part."