The Sky Aces rivalry leads to the Commissioner’s Cup stage.

One argument is that in a 12-team league, every matchup is a rivalry game. From Sky’s point of view, every time they play the Aces it adds up a bit.

“It feels that way. [a rivalry] For a few years now,” Eli Quigley said. “As an organization, they started to peak around the same time we did. It’s been a battle between us every game.”

Tuesday night will add another chapter to the teams’ rivalry when they meet in the Commissioner’s Cup championship game at Wintrust Arena to complete the second year of competition.

Every time these teams square off, there’s a climactic moment to look back to in 2019.

“We still think about that shot,” Quigley said. “Since then, it has always been a rivalry.”

That shot was the game-winner by the Aces’ Dearica Hamby, who stole the ball from Courtney Vandersloot before heaving and sinking a 35-footer to knock the Sky out of the playoffs.

Since then, Sky and Aces have played some unforgettable games. Most recently, the Sky overcame a 28-point deficit to win 104–95 on June 21, the greatest comeback in WNBA history. Sky and Aces have been marked as Championship contenders. They are 1-2, respectively, in the league standings with playoff berths.

The chance to win two championship trophies in one year is on everyone’s mind in the Sky organisation.

General Manager/Coach James Wade sees the Commissioner’s Cup Championship as an opportunity for his team to gain valuable experience. Of course, they have last year’s championship season to refer to, but this game — which has no bearing on the regular-season standings — comes with playoff-like pressure that has virtually never been replicated. could go

“[This game] will send a statement,” Azora Stevens said. “I think we’re the better team, but it doesn’t matter what anybody thinks. All that matters is what happens when we show up tomorrow.

There is a $500,000 prize pool on the line, with players on the winning team earning $30,000 each and players on the losing team earning $10,000. The game’s MVP will earn an additional $5,000.

The civic engagement aspect of the Commissioner’s Cup gave each team the opportunity to raise money for an organization of their choice. The Sky teamed up with My Block, a Chicago community organization. My hood my city. and earned $18,500 in financial donations.

“Sky’s Wraparound partner means more to us than any monetary donation,” MyBlock. My hood my city. Marketing Manager Ernesto Gonzalez said. “Not only have they invited our youth, staff and friends to numerous games, but they have offered to attend events to promote our efforts, open their facilities to us and meet other people who provide us with resources. can provide.”

“My block,” Gonzalez said. My hood my city. At least 50 people will participate in the game, including founder Jamal Kaul.

Vandersloot is set to return after missing four games after being sustained against the Sparks on July 14. Vandersloot, who has never suffered a concussion, said after practice Monday that it was difficult to spend so much time away from the team, but the rest he got was necessary.

The Sky went 3-1 in Vandersloot’s absence, losing to the Liberty in the second of back-to-back games on Saturday.

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