Courtney Vandersloot was a force to be reckoned with Tuesday night, posting a triple-double in the Chicago Sky’s 101-95 double-overtime win over the Connecticut Sun.
Vandersloot finished the game with 12 points, 18 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Sky in Game 1 of the best-of-five semifinal series. She’s just the second player in WNBA history to record a triple-double in the playoffs, after Sheryl Swoopes had the first in 2005.
Swoopes congratulated the point guard on Twitter, calling her “one of the best PGs in the W…EVER!”
@Sloot22 has to be one of the best PGs in the W....EVER! Love her leadership and court vision!— Sheryl Swoopes (@airswoopes22) September 29, 2021
@Sloot22 has to be one of the best PGs in the W....EVER! Love her leadership and court vision!
Vandersloot also passed Sue Bird for the single-game playoff assists record, matching her own single-game record set during the 2020 regular season.
While Vandersloot underplayed her performance on Tuesday as “just doing my job,” teammate Candace Parker — who led the Sky with 22 points — heaped praise on her point guard.
“I think Sloot’s humble,” Parker said postgame. “But it’s remarkable to do what she did. Defend, rebound, come down and facilitate under pressure. I think sometimes we get spoiled because we see it all the time, the plays she makes. It really has been fun for me just to watch the way she thinks the game and the way she’s always two plays ahead.”
Sky coach James Wade also chimed in, calling it “one of the best point guard games in playoff history.”
“I’m not surprised because this is what she does,” he added.
The Sky will meet the Sun in Game 2 on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.