General Manager and Head Coach Amber Stocks and the Chicago Sky (2-9) will take their show on the road this Friday when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Dream. The Sky and Dream have already faced each other two times this season, splitting each contest. After Friday the Sky and Dream will tussle one more time on August 5th, so if Chicago hopes to own the season series, a win on Friday is imperative.
These two teams first matched up back on May 19th in Chicago’s home opener. The Dream took that contest thanks to a 23-point performance from forward Tiffany Hayes. Chicago returned the favor just two days later on May 21st when guard Cappie Pondexter posted a double-double of 20 points and 11 assists en route to a 75-71 victory.
After a strong start to the season Atlanta has faltered as of late, as they dropped four of their last five ballgames. While her team has struggled all-star hopeful Hayes has not. She leads the team in points (17.6 PPG), steals (1.2 SPG) and three-point percentage (43% 3-PT). In two games against Chicago this season, she’s averaging 20 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 3.0 APG. Hayes will be one Chicago will need to keep tabs on.
Sky forward Stefanie Dolson will be welcoming this matchup with Atlanta with open arms. She has stepped it up a notch this season when facing the Dream. In two games, she averaged 15.5 PPG, while shooting an efficient 68% from the field. In the meeting on May 21st, she turned in perhaps her best game of the year as she poured in what was then a career high 23 points, eight rebounds and a career high five blocked shots.
Sky forward Jessica Breland and guard Allie Quigley have stepped up their games as well. In Sunday’s loss to Indiana, Breland notched her second double-double of the season, as she posted 12 points and hauled in 11 rebounds. She also scored her 1,000th career point as well.
Quigley has been a scoring machine this season. The DePaul product has reached double figures in each of her eight games this season. In her last two she’s been the high-point woman for Chicago as she scored 18 against Phoenix on Friday (6/16) and 19 on Sunday (6/18).
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!