Late in the second quarter Sunday, Cappie Pondexter picked up a loose ball, and pushed it hard up the floor. At first, it looked like her aggressiveness had gotten her stuck, but she used some veteran savvy to turn free and knock down the short jumper, giving her 11 points on the day.
Pondexter Moves Into 5th On Scoring List
Which, as it turned out, was the exact number of points she needed to pass Lisa Leslie for fifth place on the all-time scoring list. Pondexter entered the day in sixth place all-time, with 6,253 points, just 10 behind the legendary Leslie. Now, after her 24-point performance, the former Rutgers guard sits all alone in fifth place all-time, with 6,277 career points.
The Chicago Sky were without Elena Delle Donne, which meant it was up to Pondexter to lead the offense against Connecticut. Of course, that’s no problem for the veteran guard, who has made a career out of pouring in buckets.
Sunday was no different, as Pondexter dropped 24 points to lead all scorers, while also pulling down five rebounds and dishing out five assists. Behind her strong play, the Sky got back in the win column, defeating the Sun by a score of 96-86. By virtue of their 16th win on the season, Chicago has now clinched a spot in the playoffs for a fourth straight season.