The WNBA champion Chicago Sky trolled league legend Diana Taurasi in epic fashion after beating the superstar and her Phoenix Mercury to win this year’s Finals.
And US Women’s National Team star Tierna Davidson loved it.
When she’s not on international duty, the 23-year-old defender plays for National Women’s Soccer League club Chicago Red Stars, so she has an obvious allegiance to the Windy City’s sports teams. During USWNT media availability on Wednesday, Davidson said that she and her Red Stars teammates had been rooting for the Sky throughout this year’s WNBA playoffs.
“We’re so happy as the Chicago Red Stars team that the Sky won the WNBA championship,” Davidson said. “It’s just so amazing to have another women’s sports team that is incredibly successful in the city.”
“We’re huge supporters,” she added. “We went to one of their games and we got to sit in a box and it was just so much fun to be in that atmosphere.”
Davidson was also clued into the drama happening off the court between the two WNBA Finals contenders. After Chicago clinched the title with Sunday’s come-from-behind Game 4 victory at Wintrust Arena, The Next’s Alex Simon reported that Taurasi broke a locker room door by slamming it repeatedly out of frustration.
Taurasi neither confirmed nor denied the allegation. During the Mercury’s final media availability of the season Monday evening, Insider asked the superstar to expound upon the incident in question.
“There was a lot of doors in there,” Taurasi responded.
The Sky added insult to injury by taking the door in question off of its hinges and transporting it from their home arena to the site of their championship parade Tuesday afternoon. Photos show players partying and celebrating their victory with the broken door in the background.
The Chicago franchise even tweeted out a picture from the parade and referred to the door as the team’s “special guest.”
“I really hope that that makes it into the end of the year highlights that always go out on ESPN,” Davidson said, laughing. “That was an amazing moment and just a boss moment for that team.”
On a more serious note, the World Cup champion and Olympic bronze medalist raved about the Sky’s role in elevating women’s sports across the city of Chicago. She noted that her own Red Stars are eager to emulate the Sky’s success as the NWSL season nears its end.
“[The Sky] really are trailblazers for our city and we really want to end the season with a championship as well so we can be partners with them up there at the top,” Davidson said. “It was just so fun to see all of the hype around them, all the attention that they’re getting.”
“We hope that we can continue to bring that sort of energy to the NWSL and that sort of attention to the NWSL,” she added. “We hope that the continued excellence of the Sky and of the Red Stars keeps the attention of Chicago on women’s sports.”
Check out Davidson’s full comments – in response to a question from The Athletic’s Meg Linehan – below:
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