Last stop in Chicago of Liberty’s ‘revenge’ tour

Liberty point guard Courtney Vandersloot will be in Chicago on Friday night trying to help New York to its fourth straight win. AP Photo by Terrance Williams

Jonquel Jones enjoyed a successful first meeting against her former Connecticut Sun teammates at Downtown’s Barclays Center last Saturday.

Breanna Stewart celebrated her return to Seattle as MVP on Tuesday night.

Now, all that’s left for Brooklyn’s eye-catching number of new offseason acquisitions is Courtney Vandersloot’s first visit to Chicago on Friday night as the Liberty’s shot for their fourth straight win and a perfect 3-game streak. 0 in the meeting portion of their kick-off schedule.

“We were joking in the locker room about it being a revenge tour,” New York point guard Sabrina Ionescu said after Liberty defeated the Storm, 86-78, behind Stewart’s 25-point effort at the Emerald City.

“Because now we’re going to Chicago and we’re about to experience the same thing with Sloot, but I think it’s just understanding where they come from and being there for them.”

Vandersloot, the 2021 WNBA champion, a four-time All-Star and the league’s all-time assists leader during her 12-year tenure with the Sky (3-2), has fitted in alongside Ionescu to form a dynamic backcourt. in Brooklyn.

The 34-year-old former first-round pick admitted last month when the Liberty (3-1) opened training camp at Barclays Center that he had many reasons for not leaving Chicago.

First of all, the cancer diagnosis of his mother, Jan.

“I found out at the end of July, that’s when the diagnosis came in and you know it was obviously completely unexpected,” Vandersloot said.

“I was shocked. There were all the emotions you can imagine and just the unknown,” he added. “I’ve been lucky with the people around me, I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

After scoring 20 points in Seattle on Tuesday, Sabrina Ionescu will try to help Courtney Vandersloot to a win against her former Sky teammates on Friday. AP Photo by Lindsey Wasson

Vandersloot came here with Jones and Stewart to help guide New York to its first WNBA title.

She also revealed in February, after deciding to sign here as a free agent, that the only WNBA home she’d known wouldn’t be her last.

“Dear Chicago, I am so grateful to you,” Vandersloot wrote in a letter via social media. “The first time I set foot in Chicago was the day I landed for training camp my rookie year. Twelve years later, it became a place I call home. One of the greatest blessings of my life was meeting my wife and together building a champion team in her city.

“Although I never planned for this day to come, I have decided that it is time for me to look for a new beginning,” he added. “I will always be grateful for the memories I have made during my time here. As I look forward to a new chapter, with a new team, in a new city, I know that Chicago, its fans and the Sky organization will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Sky fans should be sad to lose Vandersloot, but they will no doubt greet her with the respect she earned as one of the greatest players the organization has ever produced.

The Gonzaga alum made a quick impact on her new team, which fell in its season opener in Washington, D.C. on May 19 before sweeping its last three opponents, including the first two legs of this ongoing reunion tour. .

Vandersloot is averaging 9.3 points and 8.8 assists per contest in his first four games with New York, and has also led the Liberty in assists in every contest.

He scored a season-high 18 points in Jones’ matchup against Sun and dished out a season-high 11 assists on Tuesday.
night in Seattle to help Stewart get a win after an emotional homecoming.

Hopefully, her “Superteam” teammates will be ready to help her to a victory at the next stop of what Ionescu jokingly referred to as a revenge tour.

Courtney Vandersloot and Breanna Stewart arrived here in February to help the Liberty to their first WNBA title. AP Photo by Jessie Alcheh

GIVE ME FREEDOM: The Sky will follow the Liberty back to the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush after Friday’s game, as the teams will finish a home-and-away game here on Sunday afternoon at 2pm… nyara sabally, New York’s 2022 first-round pick, is averaging 6.5 points in his first two games with the Liberty. The Oregon alumnus missed her opening season here with a knee injury.