With 33.5 seconds left for halftime, Parker found Kahleah Copper with a no-look pass to become the seventh player in WNBA history to achieve 1,500 career assists.
Only Parker has ever surpassed 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds, and 1,500 assists in the WNBA.
The Chicago Sky have picked up their play recently after a sluggish start to the season, showing everyone why they are the reigning champions. On Wednesday, they extended that trend by defeating the third-place Connecticut Sun, 91-83, in a contest that’s not quite as close as the final tally may suggest. A late first-quarter burst helped the Sky establish a double-digit advantage, which they kept for the majority of the day.
The Sky further pushed their lead to 23 points at halftime and had an exceptional shooting of 83.3 percent from the field. Chicago Sky took more advantage and finished with 24 turnovers in the second half. However, Candace Parker was the perfect one among the Sky as she claimed her season-high 25 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and four blocks 7-of-11 from the field.
She came close to recording a third triple-double but fell short, however, she still made history with this effort.
Candace Parker Making History
Late in the first half, Parker grabbed a rebound, dribbled cleverly around a defender to avoid contact. She began with a fast break, and then fed Kahleah Copper for a layup. She became just the eighth player in WNBA history to record 1,500 assists for their careers. With that fluid sequence, recording assist number 1,500 for her career. Parker has now amassed 6,000 career points, 3,000-lifetime rebounds, and 1,500 career assists, making her the only player in the WNBA career.
In fact, Chicago’s offense has improved in its own way. The Sky now have the third-best offensive rating in the league at 105 points for every 100 possessions. And as Parker pointed out, a crucial element of their success is ball movement. They are second in the league with a 74.3 assist percentage after making 32 of the 28 field goals.