Kahleah Copper’s explosive first half leads Sky to Game 3 rout of Mercury

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Kahleah Copper’s emphatic charge through the 2021 WNBA Playoffs continued as the Chicago star notched 22 points in the Sky’s 86-50 Game 3 rout of the Mercury.

Sinking 20 points in the first half alone, Copper shot 6-for-8 from the field, nearly outscoring the entire Mercury team, who ended the half with 24 points to the Sky’s 46.

Though Copper’s Finals’ success feels like it happened overnight, teammate Allie Quigley says that the 27-year-old has been preparing for this moment for a while now.

“Honestly, I think that she had just years of overseas experience, just getting better every single year, and she was just patient, waiting for her opportunity, and I think she knew going into the bubble that she was going to have that opportunity,” said Quigley after Game 3, “She just took advantage of it. She was ready. I think the main thing was she was ready and she was prepared for it.”

Copper and the Sky have the opportunity to close out the WNBA Finals at home on Sunday, with Game 4 airing on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET