WNBA star rookie Angel Reese delivers record-breaking performance in win over Wings

Angel Reese found success on the court early in her WNBA career.

On Thursday, the Chicago Sky rookie forward recorded a double-double for a seventh straight game in an 83-72 win over the Dallas Wings. She finished the day with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to set a league rookie record for consecutive games with a double-double, passing Tina Charles and Cindy Brown.

Despite her accomplishment, Reese remains eager to continue elevating her game.

“It’s super exciting for me,” Reese told ESPN after the game. “I'm trying to give myself some grace and tell myself I'm doing a good job, but I still have a lot to do and I'm just excited to be in this league.”

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Angel Reese looks to pass during a WNBA game

Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky looks to pass the ball during the game against the Dallas Wings at Wintrust Arena in Chicago on June 20, 2024. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Recently retired Candace Parker set the WNBA overall record for most consecutive double-doubles during the 2009–10 season when she accomplished the feat in 12 consecutive games.

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Reese thanked former Sky star Sylvia Fowles for mentoring her as she rose to fame at LSU.

“I love Sylvia, she was a great person to me and a great mentor to me when I was at LSU,” Reese said. “Being able to have that relationship with her at LSU, I know she’s going to be very proud of me.”

Reese is averaging 10.8 rebounds and just over 12 points per game through the first 14 WNBA games of her career.

Angel Reese boxing during a match

Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky is shown during the game against the Dallas Wings at Wintrust Arena in Chicago on June 20, 2024. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

“I mean, obviously, I just want to do whatever it takes to win, and rebounding is what I do to win,” Reese said.

Sky rookie Kamilla Cardoso, fresh off her first career double-double, finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Angel Reese warms up before a match

Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky warms up before the game against the Dallas Wings at Wintrust Arena in Chicago on June 20, 2024. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Arike Ogunbowale scored 17 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas. Natasha Howard, who played for the first time since the season opener on May 15 because of a broken foot, added 13 points.

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Dallas was scoreless in the first four minutes of the game after missing five straight shots. The Wings shot 24 percent in the first quarter, with Ogunbowale attempting eight of their 21 shots.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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