With point guard Courtney Vandersloot sidelined due to a knee injury Tuesday night, the Chicago Sky needed another player to step up.
Enter Jamierra Faulkner.
Making her first career start, the 5-foot-6 rookie from Southern Mississippi scored a game-high 27 points, leading five players in double figures as the Sky held off the Los Angeles Sparks 90-83 at Staples Center.
Faulkner sank nine of 11 field-goal attempts, including a pull-up jumper over Sparks guard Kristi Tolliverwith 53 seconds left that gave Chicago (8-8) an 80-75 lead. The third-round draft pick came into the game averaging 6.4 points in just over 15 minutes per game.
Guard Epiphanny Prince added 15 for the Sky, who won in Los Angeles for the first time in seven years.Chicago forward Tamera Young netted 14 points, while guard Allie Quigley came off the bench to score 11 for the second consecutive game.
Forward Jessica Breland contributed 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Chicago, helping it dominate the Sparks 39-24 on the glass.
Faulkner lifted the Sky in the third quarter, scoring eight points as the visitors wiped out a 44-41 halftime deficit to take a 64-57 advantage.