In the middle of a five-game road trip, The Chicago Sky (6-13) travel to KeyArena to take on the Seattle Storm (9-10).
The Sky had three starters putting on an offensive clinic as they each scored 22+ points in a recent July 16 112-106 double-overtime loss at the Dallas Wings (10-11). Center Stefanie Dolson led the way and collected another double-double. She had a career-high in points (26), rebounds (10) and blocked shots (3). Forward Jessica Breland added 23 points, 6 rebounds, and guard Allie Quigley dropped 22 points (14 points in first half). Fellow starting guard Courtney Vandersloot kept her sizzling play going as well by notching a 10 points, 10 assists double-double.
The Sky’s defense held up strong. They raked in 9 steals and 9 blocked shots, while holding the Wings to just 36% from the field and an ugly 12% (3-25) from three-point range. The Wings overcame their poor-shooting woes at the free throw line, they shot 39-44 (88.6%). The Wings also won the rebound battle (45-40) and turnover battle (12-21).
Wings guard Skylar Diggins-Smith had a game-high 26 points, including a perfect 9-9 from the free-throw line. Wings rookie guard Kaela Davis added 23 points off the bench, and shot a scorching 9-13 from the field.
The Sky have yet to play the Seattle Storm this season. The last time the teams squared off was in September 2016. In the game, the Storm out scored the Sky 25-14 in the fourth-quarter and cruised to a 88-75 victory. The Storm knocked down 11 three-pointers, had 22 assists, and forced 12 steals.
Then rookie, Storm forward Breanna Stewart collected a double-double. She had a game-high in points (18) and rebounds (11). Perineal WNBA All-Star Sue Bird added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals. The Storm also out rebounded the Sky 35-29.
The Storm are coming off a 90-84 victory over the Atlanta Dream (8-10). The Storm were led by Stewart’s 24 points, and the Dream were led by forward Tiffany Hayes’ 19 points. The Storm out shot the dream 51% to 43% from the field, and outscored them 25-17 in the closing period to lockup the win.
Sky vs. Storm will be the last game played at Key Arena before they host the July 22 WNBA All-Star game. During the ESPN2 telecast of the Sky vs. Storm game, the All-Star reserves will be announced.
Sky vs. Storm tips off at 8:00 PM CDT Tuesday, July 18, at KeyArena in Seattle.
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