Courtney Vandersloot led a balanced offense with 19 factors and the sixth-seeded Chicago Sky raced past the third-seeded Minnesota Lynx 89-76 within the second-round, single elimination WNBA playoff sport on Sunday night time.

Chicago opens the best-of-five semifinals sequence at Connecticut on Tuesday. The Sun closed the common season with 14 straight wins however misplaced 2 of three to Chicago within the common season.

Vandersloot, a regular-season help champion for 5 straight seasons, scored 15 factors within the second half, eight within the fourth quarter, together with two steals and layups. She contributed 5 assists however stated the scoring mentality was intentional.

“I (said) before the game I was gonna be aggressive,” she stated. “I just wanted to get to that next round, it was all that was on mind so I just wanted to be aggressive and hopefully make some shots today.”

Kahleah Copper scored 16 factors and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Sky, Azure Stevens added 15 factors, Diamond DeShields 14 and Ali Quigley 11.

The Sky, who misplaced 4 of six coming into the playoffs, gained with a 22-6 benefit in quick break factors fueled by 11 steals. They additionally dominated inside with a 37-29 rebound margin and made 19 of 20 free throws, 10 greater than the Lynx.

Aerial Powers led Minnesota, which had gained 9 of 10 to finish the common season, with 24 factors. Kayla McBride added 19 and Sylvia Fowles 17.

Fowles, who was introduced because the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth time in her profession earlier than the sport, had 13 factors at halftime and did not rating within the fourth quarter.

“She was really dominant all season long (but) our post players did incredible job,” Vandersloot stated. “It was a team effort tonight, trying to make things difficult for her.”

Chicago led 42-38 on the half with Copper scoring 11 factors. Vandersloot had seven factors within the third quarter when Chicago led by as many as 10.

Up 62-56 coming into the fourth quarter, a steal and layup by Vandersloot made it 75-61 with 6:07 to play. Minnesota’s subsequent 5 baskets have been 3-pointers however McBride’s desperation 3-pointer that banked in from the highest of the important thing solely pulled the Lynx with 82-76 with 1:51 to play.

No extra photographs fell for Minnesota and Chicago made 7 of 8 free throws.

“We’ve been working all season to be playing our best basketball right now so we’re feeling pretty good,” Vandersloot stated. “Obviously Connecticut has been playing really good basketball … but we’re going to focus on us and try to continue the momentum.”