Courtney Vandersloot tied Game 2 with a late layup, but Phoenix Mercury beat Chicago Sky 91-86 to tie the WNBA Finals in a single game, gaining the upper hand in overtime.
Courtney Vandersloot led all Sky scorers with 20 points and 14 assists in another monster game. Allie Quigley had a double-double with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and Kahleah Copper had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Candace Parker contributed to the victory with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Brittney Griner was the game’s top scorer with 29 points, and recorded 9 rebounds. Skylar Diggins-Smith had 13 points and 12 assists while Diana Taurasi helped Mercury tie the streak in one game with 20 points.
Unlike Game 1, Sky came out of the gates strong in Game 2 and took a six-point lead after the first quarter. Mercury responded well in the second minute, scoring 20 points and knotting the game at 40-40 after 20 minutes of action.
This pattern continued in the third quarter, with Sky posting a six-point lead at the end of the quarter. Phoenix wouldn’t go down without a fight and took the lead to four points when Shey Peddy made a driving layup with 27.4 seconds left to rule.
The copper basket and free throw made it 78-77 with 14.1 seconds remaining, and Peddy fired just one of the two free throws, giving Phoenix a 79-77 lead with 10.3 seconds.
Sky had one last ball and Vandersloot continued his incredible night with an aggressive drive in the paint, putting a layup to bring the game 79-79.
Vandersloot picked up the ball in the final seconds after Phoenix’s turnover, and his half-court shot bounced off the ring, forcing the game into overtime.
The overtime got off to a fast start for Phoenix, with Taurasi taking a four-point game and Diggins-Smith with a jumper to put Mercury ahead 85-79 for just over a minute into the extra frame.
The Sky refused to leave, with Allie Quigley and Vandersloot picking up the baskets and playing an 86-84 game halfway through the stanza.
After Sky tied the game 86-86, Taurasi hit another three-pointer to put Phoenix 89-86 ahead with less than a minute to go.
Sky failed to drop a bucket that tied the game, and eventually Mercury got some insurance points on the way to tie the series into a game piece.
Game 3 of the series is set for Friday night in Chicago. The competition will begin at 8 PM and will air on ESPN 2.