Monday night proved to be a history night for Chicago Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot who set a new WNBA single-game assist record with 18. Ticha Penicheiro held the previous record at 16 which she had set twice in 1998 and 2002.
The Sky controlled the majority of the game beating the Indiana Fever 100-77 and advancing to 11-6 on the season and a current 5th place in the standings. Vandersloot’s final two assists came with the help of her wife, Allie Quigley, who knocked down a corner three to officially break the record at 17.
“That puts a little cherry on top. It is really special,” Vandersloot said following the game. “I know she was happy for me. She wanted to do that for me. You can always count on Allie to know down some late shots.”
“I absolutely thought this record was untouchable,” Vandersloot said following the game. “Shout out to Ticha for setting this one high. I don’t think this one will be touched very often. It’s tough to get 16 assists in a game. This one is really special and my teammates were knocking down shots. They were as happy as I was and it makes it that much more enjoyable for me.”
In true Ticha Penicheiro class and fashion, the WNBA great was one of the first to congratulate Shoot following the accomplishment.
The Chicago Sky finished the night with five players in double figures with Kahleah Copper and Gabby Williams leading the way with 21 points each. Allie Quigley added 19 points and Vandersloot finished with a 13 point, 18 assist double-double. The Sky shot 54-percent from the field on the game.
Vandersloot currently sits as one of the top candidates for MVP of the season. A race that is expected to get tight as we get into the final stretch of the season.
Chicago will face Minnesota on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:00pm ET. The Sky currently sits a half a game behind the Lynx.