2016 Season Recap: July


Chicago won its first overtime game of the season against Washington on July 1. Elena Delle Donne tallied her 600th career point in the game, finishing with a team-high 28 points and 11 rebounds to help the Sky to an 86-84 victory. The following night Chicago traveled to Minnesota and fell short of upsetting the Lynx, 87-82. Delle Donne once again posted a double-double, with her best offensive performance of the season (38 points and 10 rebounds).


The Sky returned home to host the New York Liberty on July 8. Allie Quigley took over the scoring brunt, connecting on a career-high six three pointers for 29 points in an 88-85 loss. Rookie Imani Boyette made her first career start against Phoenix on July 10 at Allstate Arena. Boyette recorded her second career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Sky won 100-95, setting a team season high in points. Allstate Arena set a new single-game season attendance record (16,444) on July 13 when the Sky welcomed the Los Angeles Sparks.


Chicago won three of their final four games before the Olympic Break, two of them by buzzer beaters. Delle Donne hit a game-winning three over the Storm’s Breanna Stewart with one second left on Jul 17. The following game, at Phoenix Jessica Breland made the game-winning putback with 0.9 seconds remaining to give the Sky a 79-77 win.

The Sky finished the month of July with a 5-4 record, with four of the wins coming in their final six games leading up to the Olympic Break. Three Sky players competed on the big stage for their home countries – Erika de Souza (Brazil), Elena Delle Donne (USA) and Clarissa Dos Santos (Brazil).