The Chicago Sky return home on Sunday, where they play host to the Washington Mystics. The Sky (3-9), fresh off an 82-78 win against the Atlanta Dream Friday night, look to earn their fourth victory, and first winning streak, of the season. The Mystics (7-5), led by former Sky MVP Elena Delle Donne, play their second of back-to-back road games, following a 76-93 defeat Friday night versus the Minnesota Lynx.
Dolson has come into her own since joining the Sky, averaging career highs of 12.9 PPG on 56.1% shooting. She is also dishing out a career high 2.1 assists per game. Dolson led the team in scoring in each of Chicago’s first two wins this season, scoring 23 and 25 respectively in those victories. Kahleah Copper leads the Sky bench with 5.3 PPG.
Meanwhile, for Washington, Delle Donne hasn’t missed a beat. The superstar leads her new team in scoring, averaging 20.1 PPG on a crisp 47.9% from the floor, while also tallying a career high in steals per game at 1.1. She has been the biggest reason for the Mystic’s winning season thus far. Washington failed to qualify for the playoffs last year for the first time in 4 seasons, but they are on track to return this fall.
The Sky and Mystics have faced off twice this season, once on each teams home floor. On May 24th, Elena Delle Donne led all players in scoring with 21 as the Mystics took the game on Chicago’s home floor, 82-67. Just two days later, the two teams reconvened in Washington DC, where Delle Donne and Tayler Hill combined to score 39, and the Mystics won 88-79.
Chicago has won 13 of 16 games against Washington in Chicago since making Allstate Arena their permanent home. The Sky will look to end the losing streak against Washington at two. They have not lost three straight versus Washington since losing six straight during the 2006 and 2007 contests.
On the home side, veteran Sky leader Cappie Pondexter leads the WNBA in minutes, playing 34.7 MPG, and is second in the WNBA with 6.9 assists per game. She has been helped out tremendously by Allie Quigley, who leads the team with a career high 16.4 PPG in her first season as a full time starter. Quigley led the team with 22 points in Friday’s win against the Dream. Finally, Courtney Vandersloot returned from oversees to play Friday night, and she posted 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the victory versus Atlanta.
Make sure to tune into The U Too on Friday as the Sky and Dream are set to tip off at 6:30pm CT. If you can’t watch, make sure to follow along with us on Twitter @WNBAChicagoSky or on the official Chicago Sky app which is available for download on iTunes or the Google Play Store. Also make sure to get your votes in for the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game presented by Verizon by voting on to www.chicagosky.net or using #WNBAVOTE on Twitter and Facebook!