The WNBA playoffs are getting interesting. The semifinals are underway, and after the top seeds lost their first games, they tied the series with big wins. Now, fans will get at least two more games (from both series) before the WNBA Finals.
On Wednesday, the No. 1 seed Las Vegas Aces defeated the Seattle Storm 78-73. Aces forward A’Ja Wilson finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds, and Storm forward Breanna Stewart finished with 32 points and seven rebounds. This was a tough, competitive game, while the first game of the double-header was a bit different.
In the first game of the night the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 85-77. The Sky controlled this game from beginning to end, and at halftime, they led by 15. The Sun may have stunned the Sky in Game 1, but Chicago responded like a defending champion should. And their star player Candace Parker led the way.
Parker finished the game with 22 points, four assists, four rebounds and three blocks. This marks Parker’s 25th career 20-point playoff game. Parker is now tied with Tamika Catchings for third in this accolade with Diana Taurasi leading the way with 43. Parker averages 16.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.8 blocks in the playoffs.
The 36-year-old forward is still going strong, and at this rate, her and her team could potentially win another title.
Parker is having a solid season, and recently, she spoke about her life off the court. In August, she spoke with Time about the Sky’s championship, Brittney Griner and her decision to come out. In December 2021, Parker shared a post that revealed that she had been married to Anna Petrakova for two years and that they were expecting a son (Airr Larry Petrakov Parker was born in February 2022). She said her daughter played a role in her decision.
“I always tell my daughter to be herself,” said Parker. “I always tell my daughter to be proud of who she is. And I always tell my daughter to speak for herself and speak up for those that she loves. And I can’t say that to her if I’m not doing it myself. I don’t want her to ever think that I’m ashamed or not proud of our family. That was a step that we had to take. But we had to take it on our own terms.”
Parker is a WNBA legend, and as she continues her journey, she will inspire those who come after her.