Big night for Vandersloot

  • By Aaron Lommers Herald Writer
  • Saturday, June 11, 2011 3:07am
  • Sports

It’s not taking Courtney Vandersloot long to adjust to the WNBA.

The rookie guard from Gonzaga and No.3 pick overall in the WNBA draft, scored 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including all four of her 3-point attempts to help the Chicago Sky defeat the Connecticut Sun (1-1) in the Sky’s home opener on Friday. It was the first win of the year for Chicago (1-1).

Sylvia Fowles scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Chicago’s victory.

Elsewhere in the WNBA, the New York Liberty (2-0) picked up an 81-80 victory over the Indiana Fever (1-1). Cappie Pondexter knocked down a jumper with 8.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Liberty. Indiana’s Katie Douglas scored 27 points in defeat.

The San Antonio Silver Stars remained the only undefeated team in the Western Conference with a convincing 93-62 victory over the Tulsa Shock, who fell to 0-3 on the season. Roneeka Hodges scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures for the Silver Stars. Liz Cambage, the No.2 overall pick in the draft, scored 12 points for Tulsa in the loss.

The Phoenix Mercury fell to 0-2 on the season with a 98-84 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks, who improved to 2-1. Candace Parker scored 22 points and Tina Thompson added 21 for the Sparks, who held Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi to just nine points.

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