WNBA Finals: Phoenix Mercury Even Series With 91-86 Win Over Chicago Sky

Brittney Griner dunked while scoring 29 points, Diana Taurasi had eight of her 20 points in overtime and the Phoenix Mercury evened the WNBA Finals with a 91-86 win over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday night in Game 2.

WNBA Finals: Phoenix Mercury Even Series With 91-86 Win Over Chicago Sky

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner dunked while scoring 29 points, Diana Taurasi had eight of her 20 points in overtime and the Phoenix Mercury evened the WNBA Finals with a 91-86 win over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday night in Game 2.

Griner kept the Mercury within reach of Chicago during a sluggish start and brought the Phoenix Suns players sitting courtside to their feet with her second career playoff dunk in the first quarter. She scored on a turnaround jump to help give Phoenix a late four-point lead in regulation, but just missed blocking Courtney Vandersloot’s tying layup with 4.4 seconds left.

“I mean BG was so big for us the whole game,” Taurasi said. “She’s just incredible. She kept us in the game when we weren’t playing well.”

Taurasi opened overtime with a four-point play and added a 3-pointer that put Phoenix up 89-86 with 1:24 left. She then came up with a huge defensive play, getting a steal with 36 seconds left.

Skylar Diggins-Smith, who had 13 points and 12 assists, sealed it on a layup with 12.8 seconds left.

“In overtime we let it rip,” Taurasi said. “We talked to each other and said it will be our best five minutes of basketball and it happened.”

Vandersloot led the Sky with 20 points and 14 assists. Allie Quigley added 19 points.

Game 3 is Friday in Chicago

Chicago overcame some early jitters and took advantage of the short-handed and fatigued to win Game 1 91-77. (Candace) Parker was a calming influence while scoring 16 points and Kahleah Copper scored 21 points.

Phoenix was without guards Kia Nurse (torn ACL) and Sophie Cunningham (calf), and had to play two days after clinching its semifinal series in Las Vegas.

The Mercury had more prep time and Cunningham back in the lineup after missing three games, but was disjointed early.

Chicago, one of the WNBA’s top offensive teams, was at its free-flowing best, its crisp passing setting up open looks. The Sky knocked ’em down early, hitting 7 of their first 12 shots to take an early nine-point lead.

Phoenix went to Griner early and often. The 6-foot-9 center delivered with an early dunk after the Sky inexplicably left her alone in the lane, bringing the Suns players to their feet, and had 14 points by halftime.

Cunningham hit a pair of 3-pointers to bring the Mercury back from the early deficit and hit another after a wicked crossover to help Phoenix pull even at 40-all at halftime.

Chicago revved up its offense again to start the third quarter, building a seven-point lead. Phoenix countered by getting the ball back in to Griner to help the Mercury surge back into the lead in the fourth quarter.

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Healing Through Pictures: Photographer Reaches Out For Help After Losing Brother To Gun Violence

Franchester Williams hopes the pictures she takes give her customers the kind of comfort photos of her brother now bring to her.

Healing Through Pictures: Photographer Reaches Out For Help After Losing Brother To Gun Violence

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Logan Square woman is dealing with a tragedy so many Chicago families know: he pain of losing a loved one to gun violence.

What Franchester Williams didn’t expect was the help – from strangers – that came pouring in when she asked.

CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra has the story.

Franchester Williams is busy inside her Logan Square studio, with all kinds of clients ready for their closeups.

And that’s good, because this photographer has dived into her work to distract from her grief.

“Doing this helped me from crying all the time,” she said.

Two weeks ago, William’s brother, Frederick, was a victim of gun violence, killed at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“He loved his family. He had two kids. He loved his babies. I don’t know, it’s hard. How do you wrap somebody up in a few minutes?” she said.

To bury him, the family needed to raise funds, and Williams helped the best way she knew how; by taking photos, at a discount, and she put out the call to Logan Square on Facebook.

“I just made up a flyer, and put it out there, and just got the word out to as many people as possible,” she said.

And it worked. It’s how Harold Woods booked his shoot.

“One, she’s a close friend of mine, and so I know what all she was going through,” he said. “And, you know, it’s a small business, and especially during COVID, I know a lot of small businesses have been hit hard. So I felt like this is the least I could do.”

Strangers felt the same way too. In a matter of days, Williams had 10 bookings and several donations, from people who’d never met her or her brother.

“Everyone that comes in and they do the shoot, they will say, ‘I give my condolences,’ and I’m like, ‘I appreciate your support.’ That means a lot,” Williams said.

She hopes the pictures she takes give her customers the kind of comfort photos of her brother now bring to her.

“I like capturing moments, you know, for family to be able to look back,” she said.

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