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Vandersloot leads balanced Sky past Lynx 89-76

Aerial Powers led Minnesota with 24 points.
Credit: AP
Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier (24) gets control of the ball after forcing Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (22) to turn it over in the second quarter of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Minneapolis. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

MINNEAPOLIS — Courtney Vandersloot led a balanced attack with 19 points and the sixth-seeded Chicago Sky raced past the third-seeded Minnesota Lynx 89-76 in the second-round, single elimination WNBA playoff game. 

The Sky, who lost four of six coming into the playoffs, won with a 22-6 advantage in fast break points fueled by 11 steals. They also dominated inside with a 37-29 rebound margin and made 19 of 20 free throws. 

Chicago opens the best-of-five semifinals series at Connecticut on Tuesday. 

Kahleah Copper scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Sky.

Aerial Powers led Minnesota with 24 points.