The Chicago Sky (7-13) are 4-1 in their last five games and hope to keep their winning ways, as they travel to Los Angeles to play the defending champion Sparks (14-5).
It was sweetness in Seattle for Sky veteran Allie Quigley Tuesday night in a 94-83 win vs. the Storm (9-11). She had a game-high 25 points. Minutes before tipoff, it was announced that Quigley was selected to her first WNBA All-Star game. During the game, Quigley also showcased why she was selected earlier Tuesday to participate in the WNBA All-Star three-point shootout, by knocking down a career-tying 6 three-pointers.
After the first quarter, the Sky trailed 29-11. An 11 points Tamera Young performance helped ignite a 25-8 run, including a buzzer beater at halftime. The Sky only trailed 42-41 at the half.
The Sky’s bench play contributed mightily vs. the Storm. They collectively racked up 42 points, led by Keisha Hampton’s season-high 14 points on 5-8 shooting. Cheyenne Parker added another 10 points on 4-6 shooting. Their defense was equally impressive, they forced 18 turnovers and snagged 9 steals in the process.
The Storm had four starters score in double-figures, led by All-Star forward Breanna Stewart’s double-double. She had a game-high 25 points and game-high 11 rebounds. Center Crystal Langhorne chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and guard Jewell Loyd added another 16.
Unlike the Sky, the Storm had nearly no bench production. The Storm could only muster up 8 bench points from six bench players combined.
In the June 6 70-79 loss to the Sparks, the Sky only shot 30% from downtown and had 19 turnovers to the Sparks 7 turnovers.
Courtney Vandersloot led the Sky with 13 points, 5 assists off the bench. Quigley dropped 12 points and dished out 5 assists. Stefanie Dolson scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Sparks Nneka Ogwumike had 20 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, and also snagged 4 steals. Guard Alana Beard put in 18 points and got 3 steals. As a team, the Sparks got a brunt of their points from the free-throw line, there they shot a respectable 31-40.
The Sparks are are coming of a dominating 80-62 victory over the Indiana Fever (7-12). Both of the Sparks All-Star post players Candace Parker and Ogwumike filled the box-score. Ogwumike had 14 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and Parker got 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocked shots.
Sky vs. Sparks tips off at 2:30 PM CDT Tuesday, July 20, at Staples Center in L.A.
Tickets start as low as $18. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to purchase tickets today. You can also watch the Sky on The U Too or WNBA League Pass. For live updates, download the Sky mobile app from the App Store or on Google Play.
Stats accurate as of end of Sky game on July 18.