July 18, 2024

Angel Reese Shines in Chicago Sky’s Victory Over Indiana Fever

Angel Reese delivered a stellar performance, leading her Chicago Sky to an 88-87 win over Caitlin Clark’s Indiana Fever on Sunday, June 23. Reese notched a career-high 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, marking her ninth consecutive game with double-digit rebounds. After the game, Reese credited her tenacity and grit for her outstanding performance, emphasizing these innate qualities can’t be coached.

“I’m a dog,” said the No. 7 overall draft pick in an ESPN interview. “You can’t teach that.” This victory improves the Sky’s record to 6-9, following two previous losses to the Fever this season. The teams will meet again on August 30 in Chicago.

Indiana’s star player and No. 1 overall draft pick, Caitlin Clark, also impressed with 17 points, 13 assists, and 6 rebounds, despite the loss. The Fever’s record now stands at 7-11, placing them just above the Sky in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference standings.

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Reese has been in the spotlight recently for her on-court performances and her vocal role in boosting the WNBA’s popularity. She acknowledged her significant impact on the league’s growing fanbase and media attention, drawing comparisons to Caitlin Clark’s fame. Reflecting on her influence, Reese stated, “People are pulling up to games, we got celebrities coming to games, sold-out arenas. Just because of one single game and just looking at that, like, I’ll take that role.”

She embraced her role as a prominent figure in women’s basketball, saying, “I’ll take the ‘bad guy’ role and I’ll continue to take that on and be that for my teammates… And if I wanna be that and I know I’ll go down in history. I’ll look back in years and be like, ‘Yeah, the reason why we watching women’s basketball is not just because of one person, it’s because of me, too.’ And I want y’all to realize that.”

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