Rhyne Howard held to five points as Dream fall to Sky

Cheyenne Parker (32) scored 19 points for the Dream. (File photo / Atlanta Dream)

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Cheyenne Parker (32) scored 19 points for the Dream. (File photo / Atlanta Dream)

Kahleah Copper scored 21 points, Candace Parker had five of her nine in the last 2:37 and the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 73-65 on Friday night in College Park.

The Sky prevailed despite blowing a 20-point first-half lead.

Cheyenne Parker led the Dream with 19 points, and Erica Wheeler had 15. Star rookie Rhyne Howard was held to five on 2-of-12 shooting.

The Dream (6-4) took their only lead at 60-58 on a tough drive by Wheeler with 7:45 to play. Chicago rookie Rebekah Gardner tied it with a short shot and followed with a wide-open layup from Courtney Vandersloot for a 62-60 lead for Chicago (6-3).

It was still a 2-point game when Parker’s heavily contested 10-footer went through for a 66-62 lead. In the last 1:27, the Sky made 7 of 8 free throws, three by Parker and two by Emma Meesseman, who had 16 points.

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Vandersloot had nine points to move by her wife Allie Quigley to become Chicago’s career scoring leader at 3,394 points.

Vandersloot’s basket midway through the first quarter made it 20-4 for Chicago and a few minutes later Azura Stevens scored to give the Sky a 26-6 lead.

A 3-pointer by Kristy Wallace cut the deficit to single digits at 35-26 in the middle of the second quarter and it was 39-31 at the half as the Dream closed on a 13-4 run.