The Chicago Sky will look to snap a two-game losing streak Friday against the Dream in Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. CDT in Phillips Arena.
Erika de Souza returns to Atlanta to face her former team for the second time this season. De Souza joined the Sky midseason last year after an impressive tenure with the Dream. The 6-foot-5 center was named a WNBA All-Star in 2009, 2013 and 2014. She has continued her storied career with the Sky, averaging 6.5 rebounds per game and shooting just under 50 percent on the season.
In the first contest versus Atlanta, Chicago fell 87-81 on the road on May 22. Pondexter led the Sky with 17 points and five assists. Jessica Breland went 6-of-8 from the field and had a team-high 10 rebounds. The Sky out rebounded the Dream, 45 – 35. In addition, the Sky turned the ball over 13 times and Atlanta was able to collect seven steals. In this rematch, the Sky are going to have to take extra care of the ball and limit runs by the Dream in order to come out with a win.
The Sky dropped a hard-fought battle on Tuesday, June 14 at the Staples Center against the undefeated Los Angeles Sparks, 98 – 85. While it seemed that Candace Parker and the Sparks would hold control of the game after opening on a 8-0 run, the Sky battled back from 15-point deficits at two separate times during the game to make it competitive until the end. Pondexter led the Sky with 20 points, followed by Elena Delle Donne with 15 and Allie Quigley contributing 13 off the bench. The Sparks shot 58.2 percent from the field and had 24 assists as a team. De Souza dominated the paint and finished with a team-high 12 rebounds.
The Dream currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 7-3 record. The team is fresh off a 93-87 win over the Connecticut Sun at home on Sunday, June 12. Elizabeth Williams tallied the first double-double of her career with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The WNBA’s leader in blocked shots also contributed three blocks in the win. Angel McCoughtry chipped in 18 points and four steals, extending her streak of double digit scoring to 25 consecutive games. On the season, the Dream are shooting 28.5% from three-point range, good for the 11th worst rank in the WNBA. McCoughtry ranks second among scoring leaders in the WNBA with 20.3 points per game, helping the team to average 85.0 points per game.
Tip-off between the Sky and Dream is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT and fans can tune in to The U Too Sports to catch all the action. The Sky will return home to take on the San Antonio Stars on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Father’s Day ticket packages start as low as $44. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to purchase the Father’s Day ticket package today.