The Chicago Sky (10-16) are currently only a half-game back from playoff contention, and look to extend their current win streak as they host the San Antonio Stars (6-21).
Courtney Vandersloot’s name has quickly became synonymous with the phrase “double-double,” she notched her fourth straight in a 91-86 victory over the visiting Atlanta Dream (10-15) on Saturday. Vandersloot had a game-high 26 points, a game-high ten assists, a team-high seven rebounds, and zero turnovers throughout. The Sky guard shot 9-11 overall, including a perfect 3-3 from three-point range, and a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line. Center Stefanie Dolson also was a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line and finished with 18 points in all.
The Dream had four players hit double-figures in points. Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Skyes each led the team with 13 points. Center Elizabeth Williams earned a double-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds, and the familiar face of Tamera Young had ten points off the bench.
The Sky went on a tear in the 4th quarter and out scored the Dream 28-13 to secure the victory. They shot 20-21 from the free-throw line and only committed 6 turnovers. Their defense held the Dream to a very poor 17.6% from three-point distance, and also had an amazing 11 blocked shots in the game.
Coming up this week, the Sky will face the Stars for the third and final time this season. The series is tied at 1-1.
The last time the two teams met was on June 30, the then 0-14 winless Stars, got their first win of the season 89-82. It was a pivotal game for both franchises, the Stars are since 6-7 and on a current three-game win streak, and on the other side, the Sky are 7-4 and knocking on the WNBA playoffs’ door.
In their previous showdown, the story came down to rebounding and second-chance opportunities. The Sky were out rebounded 31-20, and of the Sky’s 20 rebounds, only 4 rebounds were offensive rebounds.
Sky’s Quigley led all scorers with 27 points on a slick 10-14 shooting. Dolson added 14 points, and forwards Jessica Breland and Tamera Young each put in another 10 points.
The Stars had two players record double-doubles vs. the Sky. Center Isabelle Harrison had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and forward Alex Montgomery had 12 points, 10 rebounds.
Stars vs. Sky tips off at 7:00 PM CDT Thursday, August 10, at All-State Arena in Rosemont. Tickets start as low as $18. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to purchase tickets today. You can also watch the game on ESPN 3, The U Too, or WNBA League Pass. For live updates, download the Sky mobile app from the App Store or on Google Play.