2016 Season Recap: July

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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).

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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.

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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).

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