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Former Gonzaga guard Courtney Vandersloot sets a WNBA assist record

In this Aug. 30, 2017 file photo, Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot, left, drives to the basket against Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Rosemont, Ill. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)
In this Aug. 30, 2017 file photo, Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot, left, drives to the basket against Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Rosemont, Ill. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

MINNEAPOLIS – Courtney Vandersloot hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left and broke the WNBA’s single-season assists record, helping the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 91-88 on Tuesday night.

Vandersloot set the record on a no-look, one-handed pass in the third quarter that gave her 237 assists, breaking Ticha Penicheiro’s mark set in 2000.

Rookie Diamond DeShields scored a season-best 28 points for Chicago (12-20). Vandersloot had 16 points and 10 assists.

Allie Quigley spun in the lane and made a runner to put Chicago ahead 89-88 with 57.9 seconds left. Lindsay Whalen had a jumper rattle out at the other end.

Minnesota called a timeout with 19.7 seconds to go, but didn’t get off a shot as Vandersloot grabbed a loose ball and hit two free throws. DeShields blocked Alexis Jones’ 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Maya Moore scored 21 points for Minnesota (17-15) before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Sylvia Fowles had 19 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double. Fowles became the sixth player in WNBA history to grab 3,000 rebounds.


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