Astou Ndur has made history by becoming the third Spanish player to achieve the WNBA ring after the victory of the Chicago Sky, 80-74, before Phoenix Mercury. Now to the list that I started Amaya valdemoro, who won three, and fed Anna Cruz, who took one, we must join Ndour who reached glory in the women’s NBA with the Sky.
It had been 23 years (Jordan’s number), that Chicago had not held a championship. Then it was the Bulls in 1998 and, although Sky touched it in 2014, they lost with Mercury in the final, the ‘city of the wind’ is finally the champion again.
The Chicago Sky They had everything in their favor to be champions and they did not fail, although at times it seemed that the series was going to return to Phoenix. The Mercury they had the game controlled at various times. They got to be leading by 14 in the third quarter, before the first comeback of the premises. Then, in the fourth, they enjoyed up to 12 points but collapsed.
The Sky reaction in the final minutes of Game 4 is now part of WNBA history. With a huge Candace Parker, who finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, leading his team, Chicago finished 26-11 in the last act with a partial of up to 9-0. The last few minutes were crazy. While the Skies were failing basket after basket, even very easy tackles Taurasi, the Sky scored three, with Quigley boiling (26 points and 5 out of 10 in triples). Great job also from Van der Sloot, 15 assists, and Cooper, MVP of the Finals and who signed 10 points in the match.
Ndour He played five minutes, in the third quarter, and gave him time to make two field goals, one of them triple, and to miss them both. His presence in these Finals has been perhaps testimonial, 12 minutes in the wide victory of the third game and one in the first, but he will also have his ring in a sensational season of the Spanish.
In the Mercury, Diana’s bad game Taurasi, weighed down by fouls, did three very fast, and unusually accelerated at the end. Griner she was the best of the Arizona players, with 28 points and 7 rebounds, and Diggins-Smith, who finished with 16 because she plugged in late to the game and spent much of her time facing the crowd.
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CHICAGO SKY Parker (16), Stevens (8), Quigley (26), Vanderloost (10) and Cooper (10) -five initial-; Dolson (8), Ndour (0), DeShields (2) and Evans (0).
PHOENIX MERCURY Turner (5), Griner (28), Taurasi (16), Peddy (0) y Diggins-Smith (16) -cinco incicial-;Vaughn (2), Hartley (4) y Cunningham (3).
Partial 25-28, 12-16, 17-19 and 26-11.