Home Team: Indiana Fever
Away Team: Chicago Sky
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When is Game Time? Saturday, August 18 at 3:00 p.m. CT
Where can I stream or watch on TV? NBA TV, Fox Sports Indiana
The Chicago Sky won 91-88 in a close game against the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday. This weekend the Sky will close the season with a doubleheader against the Indiana Fever.
Facing the Fever
The Sky and the Fever opened the regular season against each other and haven’t played since then. Chicago won the first match up 82-64, and now both teams have the chance to finish the series with a win in this head-to-head weekend.
In the first game, Candice Dupree, Tiffany Mitchell, and Erica Wheeler scored in double-digits for the Fever. Four players for the Sky scored 10 or more points: Allie Quigley, Diamond DeShields, Stefanie Dolson, and Cheyenne Parker. Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot and Astou Ndour were competing overseas at the time, but the Sky still came away with the win. With the season wrapping up, the teams will get to face each other two days in a row. Although the Sky and the Fever will not make appearances in the playoffs, they will be playing for the chance to end the season on a high note.
Players to watch
Vandersloot has been breaking and setting records all season. She is the WNBA all-time career assist per game leader, the first WNBA player to have 15 or more assists twice in the same season, and she leads the league with 8.6 assists per game this season. Vandersloot went from No. 18 to No. 10 on the WNBA All-Time Assist Leaderboard this year. She currently has 1368 assists and is 15 assists away from moving into ninth place. The guard broke an 18-year-old single season assist record, and she has 241 assists so far this season. Needless to say, She is an elite veteran leader for the Sky. Vandersloot’s court-vision allows her to give her teammates high-percentage looks at the basket, and if the pass isn’t there, she does not hesitate to take the shot. She is shooting 49.0 percent on the season and 40.6 percent from three.
Quigley is the No. 6 in 3-point percentage in the WNBA at 42.7 percent. She also leads the Sky in scoring with 15.9 points per game. In the first matchup against the Fever, Quigley scored 19 points shooting at 66.7 percent. The All-Star guard has scored in double-digits 24 times this season, 10 of those being 20-plus. She has won the WNBA 3-point competition for two consecutive years, so she shoots from beyond the arc with ease.
In the first game of the season, DeShields shot at 63.6 percent and scored 18 points against the Fever. She is the second leading scorer for Chicago, and the forward has scored in double-digits 21 times. DeShields is coming off of a huge offensive performance in Minnesota where she scored a career-high 28 points, which is the most points by a rookie in a regulation game in Chicago franchise history. Look for DeShields to bring that momentum from her last game into this weekend against the Fever.
After the game in Indiana, both teams will travel back to Chicago for the last game of the regular season. They will play on Sunday, August 19 at 5 p.m. CT at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The game will be streamed on ESPN 3 and The U Too, but there is still time to attend the last 2018 Chicago Sky game in person. Tickets start as low as $13. To reserve your seat, visit sky.wnba.com/tickets or by calling (866) SKY-WNBA.