Home Team: Chicago Sky
Away Team: Connecticut Sun
Location: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, IL
When is Game Time? Friday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. CT
Where can I stream or watch on TV? League Pass, The U Too, NBCSB
The Sky kicked off WNBA Breast Health Awareness month at home on Tuesday. Chicago had a tough loss to the Minnesota Lynx 85-64. Look for the Sky to continue sporting the black and pink specialty uniforms as they take on the Connecticut Sun on Friday. Fans can bid to take home their favorite player’s jersey at sky.wnba.com.
Facing the Sun
In their second matchup this season, the Sun will travel to Chicago for the first of back-to-back games against the Sky. Connecticut has an overall 26-21 record against Chicago.
The first time these teams met was early this season; the Sun was undefeated and the Sky was 2-2. Courtney Vandersloot and Astou Ndour had just returned from playing overseas, and Allie Quigley and Stefanie Dolson were injured. Connecticut dominated the game with five players scoring double-digits led by Jonquel Jones and Alex Bentley, who both had 20 points. For the Sky, Diamond DeShields, Courtney Vandersloot, and Cheyenne Parker scored in double-digits.
In this second meeting, Chicago’s starting five is intact and Connecticut has made some changes to its roster, trading Alex Bentley to the Atlanta Dream for Layshia Clarendon and a 2019 second-round draft pick.The Sun has already clinched a playoff spot and looks to move up in the playoff rankings, while the Sky is fighting on the brink of elimination. This is a vital game for Chicago, so look for both teams to play at the top of their abilities.
Players to watch
Vandersloot still ranks at the top of the WNBA in assists at 8.2 per contest. She has been climbing the WNBA All-Time Assists Leaderboard this season from 16th place and has reached No. 12; the guard is three assists away from breaking into the top 10. Vandersloot looks to create opportunities for her team to score and win. Her veteran guidance will continue to be a key factor for the Sky.
DeShields had five steals and a block in the last game against the Lynx. She is a strong defensive presence for the Sky. Along with defense, she can score the basketball. DeShields is the second leading score on the team, as the forward has scored in double-digits 19 times for Chicago this season. Amongst rookies, DeShields ranks No. 2 in both points and rebounds per game.
Quigley currently ranks No. 4 in the WNBA in 3-point percentage at 43.6 percent. She shot 57.1 percent from beyond the arc on Tuesday, and she ended the game with 22 points. Quigley has scored in double-digits 21 times, 10 of those being 20-plus. The guard averages 16.1 points per game, so she will continue to be a scoring option for Chicago. Look for the All-Star, 3-point contest champion to let the ball fly from deep.