CHICAGO (AP) — Kahleah Copper scored 20 of her 22 points in the first half and Chicago used a dominant defensive effort to reach a record rout of the Phoenix Mercury 86-50, moving the Sky one victory away from the franchise's first WNBA title.
The 36-point win breaks a Finals record set by the Seattle Storm. Last year, Seattle defeated the Las Vegas Aces by 33 points in Game 3 to win the WNBA Finals.
Chicago will look to close out the best of five series on Sunday.
Former Kentwood star Courtney Vandersloot scored 4 points and dished out 10 assists for Chicago.
The Sky dominated on both ends, holding Brittney Griner to just four first half points on 1 of 8 shooting after she scored 29 in the Mercury's overtime win on Wednesday.
Chicago also took Diana Taurasi out of the game, holding to her five points on 1 of 10 shooting.
Griner finished with 16 points as both of their night's ended early in the fourth quarter as the Sky kept the lead in the twenties.