The GIST: The first round of the WNBA playoffs is in the books, but hold off on that manicure — two more single elimination games are up next.
⬅️Last night: In a battle of experience vs. youth, the experience prevailed, with the No. 6 Chicago Sky defeating the No. 7 Dallas Wings 81–64. Kahleah Copper led the way with 23 points while Sky star Candace Parker notched a in her first playoff game with her hometown squad.
- The No. 5 Phoenix Mercury — even without — won the late game, defeating the No. 8 NY Liberty 83–82. With less than five seconds left, the Liberty’s Betnijah Laney , but the Mercury’s Brianna Turner made the winning free throw with just 0.4 seconds on the clock. Insane.
➡️What’s next: Round two begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET with the Mercury facing the defending champs No. 4 Seattle Storm. It’s still TBD whether Storm star (and 2020 Finals MVP) Breanna Stewart will play after missing the last two regular season games with a , but we’d never bet against the Storm’s other stars: Jewell Loyd and Sue Bird.