News & Quotes: Sky Fall to Storm in OT, 95-91

Sky Highlights

  • Allie Quigley finished the game with a season-high 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Quigley poured in 11 points in the first half for the second time this season, dating back to scoring 14 in the first half of the season opener on May 19 vs. Indiana.
  • The Sky scored a season-high 29 points in the third quarter in route to the game total of 91.
  • Diamond DeShields scored a career-high 19 points, including all four of Chicago’s points in overtime.
  • Jamierra Faulkner finished with a team-high nine assists, passing her original season-high of five.
  • The Sky had 21 assists in the game, and came away with a season-high 14 steals.
  • Allie Quigley, Diamond DeShields, Jamierra Faulkner, and Kahleah Copper all scored in double figures for the Sky.
  • The Sky shot 7-for-15 in the first quarter and closed the frame with an 11-4 run to go up 17-14.
  • Chicago’s bench outscored Seattle, 36-17.
  • Cheyenne Parker tied her season-high with eight rebounds to lead the Sky on the boards. 

Storm Highlights

  • Sue Bird played in her 480th-career game, putting her ahead of former Storm teammate Swin Cash for No. 4 all-time on the WNBA’s list for career games.
  • Jewell Loyd scored in double figures for the third straight game and hit the 29-point mark for the second contest in a row, registering a game-high 29 points to go along with eight rebounds.
  • Breanna Stewart logged a season-high 28 points to go along with six boards. She also tied a career-high with 41 minutes played.
  • The Storm forced four shot-clock violations in tonight’s win. May 26, 2016, vs. Washington.
  • First-year head coach Dan Hughes earned his first career regular season win at KeyArena.
  • In the last six minutes of the fourth quarter, the Storm came back from a 14-point deficit to force overtime.

Postgame Quotes

 General Manger and Head Coach Amber Stocks

 On the game:
“We did a good job on offense and scored the ball well. It was tough that we couldn’t get key defensive rebounds down the stretch as well as giving up too many free-throw opportunities for Seattle.”

 On what the difference was in the fourth quarter and overtime:
“Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart had big games. While our guard play was very solid across the board with all of our perimeter players, it was just a handful to contain the pins and flares for Stewart and Loyd.”

On if inexperience was a factor:
“Experience always helps … when you have the veteran players. Across the board, as a whole, we have more youth on our squad, but we have some smart basketball players. Our leaders are poised and mature and they have a lot of wisdom under their belts.”

 On Allie Quigley not playing in overtime:
“That was unfortunate. Literally an unfortunate hit – a literal hit that she took that kept her out. Pun ontended. It doesn’t look good (groin injury).”

 On her assessment of the team so far:
“Overall we’re doing some things well offensively. We’ve had one game where we struggled to score, but other than that one game, we’ve been pretty fluid offensively. We can really improve our force inside around the rim.”

 Sky Guard Allie Quigley

 On the game:
“We played good in spurts, but obviously in the fourth quarter we struggled taking care of the ball. I think that we let their pressure get to us and didn’t stay poised in that moment.”

 On if experience played a part down the stretch:
“Maybe it could, but at the same time it just felt like we rushed and played on our heels when they attacked us.”

 On how she’s doing physically:
“I don’t know. I’m going to see the doctor. Something doesn’t feel good. When Jewell (Loyd) took the last shot (in regulation) she kneed me somewhere. I tried (to play in overtime), but just couldn’t lift my leg up like I wanted to.”

 On the state of the team four games into the season:
“There are a lot of positives to take and move forward with. We’re just trying to take the good things and keep on capitalizing on those. We know where we’re struggling and are trying to minimize those. If we can do that, I think we’re going to have a really good year.”

Next Game
The Chicago Sky return home to host a pride-themed game vs. the Connecticut Sun at Wintrust Arena on Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m. CST.