Take the Sky-Aces rivalry to the Commissioner’s Cup stage

There is an argument to be made that in a 12-team league, every match is a competition game. From heaven’s point of view, there’s a little bit of intensity added every time they play aces.

“I felt [a rivalry] Ali Quigley said. “As an organisation, they started to peak around the same time. It was a fight in every match between us.”

Tuesday night will add another chapter to the rivalry between the teams when they meet in a Commissioner’s Cup match at Winterst Arena to crown the competition’s second year.

Every time these teams go head-to-head there’s some kind of peak moment, going back to 2019.

“We’re still thinking about that shot,” Quigley said. “From then on, the rivalry will always be.”

That shot was the match-winner by Aces’ Derica Hamby, who stole the ball from Courtney Vanderslot before rising and sinking 35 feet to eliminate the sky from the playoffs.

Since then, Sky and Aces have played some unforgettable games. Recently, Sky made the biggest comeback in WNBA history, overcoming a 28-point deficit to win 104-95 on June 21. Sky and Aces have been marked as contenders for the championship. They are 1-2, respectively, in the league standings with playoff pitches.

The chance of winning two championship awards in one year is heavy on everyone’s mind in the Sky organization.

General Manager/Coach James Wade sees the Commissioner’s Cup as an opportunity for his team to gain valuable experience. Of course, they have last year’s championship season to come back to, but this game – which has no bearing on the regular season standings – comes with playoff-like pressure, which is practically unrepeatable.

“[This game] Azura Stevens said. “I think we are the better team, but it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. All that matters is what happens when we show up tomorrow.”

There is a $500,000 prize pool at stake, with players of the winning team winning $30,000 each and players of the losing team winning $10,000. The best player in the game will get an additional $5,000.

The civic engagement aspect of the Commissioner’s Cup gave each team a chance to earn money for an organization of their choice. The Sky has teamed up with the Chicago community organization, My Block. my hood. my city. He received $18,500 in cash donations.

“The one-stop partner that Sky represents means more to us than any cash donation,” My Block. my hood. my city. Marketing Director Ernesto Gonzalez said. “Not only did they invite our youth, staff, and friends to multiple games, they also offered to step up our efforts, open their facilities to us, and participate in events to meet other people who could provide resources for us.”

Gonzalez said my block. my hood. my city. At least 50 people will attend the game, including founder Jamal Cole.

Vanderslot is set to return after missing four games after suffering a concussion on July 14 against the Sparks. Vanderslott, who has not suffered a concussion, said that after training on Monday it was difficult to spend a long period of time away from the team, but the rest she got was essential.

Sky went 3-1 in Vanderslot’s absence, losing to Liberty on Saturday in their second consecutive game.

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