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Angel Reese gets her 13th consecutive double-double, setting a WNBA record

Angel Reese gets her 13th consecutive double-double, setting a WNBA record

Angel Reese has seized her place in the WNBA record books.

The rookie forward got her 13th consecutive double-double on Sunday, scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as the Chicago Sky lost to the Seattle Storm, 84–71. It was the second matchup between the two teams in three days.

Reese nearly got a double-double in the first half with nine points and eight rebounds. She also notched four steals for the day.

The first-time All-Star got her 10th rebound with 7:49 remaining in the third quarter and reached double-figures in points after tipping in a missed layup by Kamilla Cardoso at the 6:29 mark.

Reese surpassed Candace Parker, who previously held the WNBA's longest streak of games with 12 straight double-doubles through the 2009 and 2010 seasons. She tied Parker in Friday's 88–84 win over the Storm with a career-high 27 points and 10 boards.

Last week, Reese overtook Parker for the league's longest single-season streak with her 10th double-double in a row. She set the mark as a 22-year-old rookie — and in only 20 career games played — while Parker was 29 and in her eighth season when she began her consecutive double-doubles streak.

"I try to take some things from her game and add them to mine," Reese said after the game. "Just being able to be named with an amazing player like that is just always going to be special to me."

Reese set the rookie record with seven consecutive double-doubles when she scored 16 points with 18 rebounds on June 20 versus the Dallas Wings, topping the mark set by Tina Charles (2010, with the Sun) and Cindy Brown (1998, Detroit Shock).

"It's the level of confidence to do way more than what people think she can," Sky coach Teresa Witherspoon said after the game. "She's able to trust herself, trust her training, shoot the ball when she's open and believing and trusting that she can make those shots… She's gotten really, really good at finishing around the rim, getting her offensive rebounds and putbacks or just simply getting position in our offensive sets and finishing with power."

Has Reese's record streak helped her gain ground in the WNBA Rookie of the Year race? Teammate Chennedy Carter said after Friday's game that she's already earned the award. Reese came into the game leading the WNBA in rebounds, averaging 11.7 per game.

Carter scored 21 points for the Sky, who dropped to 8–12 with the loss. Marina Mabrey added 12 points with four rebounds and six assists, while Cardoso tallied eight rebounds.

The Storm improved to 14–7 for the season despite a very slow start, shooting 29% in the first half (21% in the first quarter) But they recovered impressively to finish at 42% for the game.

Nneka Ogwumike led Seattle with 24 points and got her own double-double with 13 rebounds. Jewell Loyd added 20 points and four assists. Skylar Diggins-Smith dished a game-high eight assists with 15 points.

Both teams next play on Wednesday. The Sky host the Atlanta Dream, tipping off at noon ET, while Seattle faces the Las Vegas Aces at 3 p.m. ET.

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