When Courtney Vandersloot set the WNBA record Monday for assists in a single game, her wife wasn’t just on the court to witness the historical accomplishment. Allie Quigley hit the shot that put her partner over the top.
Vandersloot recorded 18 assists Monday in the Chicago Sky’s 100-77 win over the Indiana Fever in Bradenton, Fla., breaking the league’s single-game assists record. Previously, Ticha Penicheiro held the record at 16.
A two-time All-Star, Vandersloot had accumulated 15 assists three times in her career, and she was again stuck on that number with just a few minutes left in regulation. Then, she found teammate Ruthy Hebard underneath for a putback with 3:22 left. That tied the record.
After a brief rest on the bench, Vandersloot returned to the court, where she found Quigley for the open three. The couple connected one more time for good measure.
Vandersloot said it was sweet to pass the rock to her wife for the record-breaking basket. “It puts a little cherry on top. I know she was happy for me,” she said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “She wanted to do that for me. It was initially for Ruthy, but the backup plan was always Allie. You can always count on Allie to knock down some late shots.”
This is not the first time Vandersloot and Quigley, who became teammates in 2013, have shared the hardwood spotlight together. Last year, they were on opposing teams in the WNBA All-Star Game.
The beautiful and talented couple announced their marriage in December 2018. Vandersloot and Quigley are one of two married couples in the WNBA. DeWanna Bonner of the Connecticut Sun and Candice Dupree of the Fever are married as well.