Rare error: Sky lose at Wintrust Arena

Candace Parker returned to the lineup and Kahleah Copper scored 19 points, but the defending champs suffered a rare setback at home.

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The Sky’s Allie Quigley (No. 14) and Candace Parker (No. 3) react during Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Wings at Wintrust Arena.

The Sky’s Allie Quigley (No. 14) and Candace Parker (No. 3) react during Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Wings at Wintrust Arena.

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After missing two games with a non-COVID illness, Candace Parker was back on the court for the Sky.

She totaled eight points, four assists and two rebounds in the Sky’s 84-78 loss to the Dallas Wings on Tuesday at Wintrust Arena. The loss snapped the Sky’s 10-game home winning streak.

Kahleah Copper led the way for the Sky (23-8) with 19 points, while Emma Meesseman, Allie Quigley and Azura Stevens added 14 points each. Marina Mabrey scored a season-high 26 points and Teaira McCowan added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Wings (14-16).

The Wings, who played without Arike Ogunbowale (ankle), took a 74-60 lead with 6:58 to play, but the Sky were able to cut it to 80-78 on a Stevens three-pointer with 43 seconds left. The Wings, who missed their last 10 field goals, went 4-for-4 on free throws to seal the win.

Earlier in the day, James Wade was named WNBA coach of the month for July. He also won the award in June. The Sky went 9-2 in July and were the first team to clinch a playoff berth. Wade also coached Team Stewart in the All-Star Game on July 10.

On Monday, Courtney Vandersloot was named WNBA Eastern Conference player of the week. The point guard averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 assists and 7 rebounds in wins over the New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun. Vandersloot has won the award twice this season and eight times in her 12-year career.

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