For the first time since 2016, the Chicago Sky have made it back to the WNBA semifinals after beating the No. 3-seeded Lynx 89-76 in Sunday’s last WNBA single-elimination game.

The Lynx opened the game with a strong lead, ending the first quarter 23-22, but would struggle to keep up for the remainder of the matchup as Chicago ran away with the victory.

Courtney Vandersloot led the Sky with 19 points, five assists, and five rebounds. Kahleah Copper also had a double-double scoring of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Lynx guard Aerial Powers had a game-high of 24 points. In the fourth quarter, Powers led a Minnesota run that shrunk the Sky’s lead to six, but Chicago managed to fight them off until the end.

Sylvia Fowles, who was named the 2021 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, also came up big for the Lynx recording 17 points and eight rebounds.

Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough for Minnesota.

Next up, Chicago will head to Connecticut to play the No. 1 seeded Sun in game one of the WNBA semifinals on Sept. 28.