The Chicago Sky kicks off a special-two day preseason event at Mohegan Sun Arena as they test their luck against the new-look Connecticut Sun.
The Sun boast a revamped roster under new head coach Curt Miller, and seek to rebound from a 2015 campaign that saw them finish 15-19, miss out on the playoffs for the third consecutive year and post a league-average offense and the third slowest pace in the WNBA. With a new system in place, the Sun will attempt to run with the Sky, who used a breakneck pace (second-highest in the WNBA at 77.1) and a series of pick and roll attacks to score a league-best 82.9 points per game during the 2015 season. In addition to their sharp offensive sets, the Sky will rely on the prolific rebounding abilities of Jessica Breland and rookie Imani Boyette to collect defensive rebounds and cue the Sky guards for the fast break. The Sun better be ready to run if they don’t want the Sky to steal their shine.
The Sky stars the preseason 1-0 after a 93-59 victory on Sunday over the New York Liberty at the Bob Carpenter Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne paced the Sky in her homecoming scoring 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
Last season the Sky split two preseason games at Mohegan Sun Arena, falling to the Los Angeles Sparks 76-67 in their opening game before defeating the China Olympic Team 92-59 the following evening.
“Playing in back-to-back games at the Mohegan Sun last year added great value to our preseason schedule,” said Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. “This year it will be even more beneficial as Connecticut and Atlanta are two of our first three opponents to start the regular season.”
Tip-off is slated for at 6 p.m. CDT following the completion of the contest between the Atlanta Dream and San Antonio Stars.