Sky at Mystics Preview 6/1

Sean Gantwerker

May 30, 2016

The Chicago Sky head to our nation’s capital to play the road leg of a home-and-home against the Washington Mystics at 6:00 p.m. CT at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.

It will be a college reunion of sorts for Sky forward Jessica Breland, who will square off with two former University of North Carolina teammates in Mystics veterans Ivory Latta and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt. Breland was just a freshman in college when she and sharpshooter Latta teamed up to lead the 2006-2007 Tar Heels to a 34-3 record and an NCAA Final Four. Three years later, Breland rounded out her college campaign playing alongside Ruffin-Pratt during the 2009-10 season, where the duo went 19-12 on their way to the NCAA tournament. Now, established WNBA talents, the three former Tar heels will continue to make their alma-mater proud as they square off at the professional level.

The Sky brings a 2-4 record into the game after an impressive shooting performance carried Chicago past the Dallas Wings 92-87 on Sunday, May 29. The Sky shot 59% from the field during the game, going 57% from beyond the arc, and 86% from the charity stripe. The Sky outscored the Wings in the point by a 48-22 margin, and received 35-points from a bench unit that was bolstered by rookie Imani Boyette. Boyette had the best game of her young career, with 10 Points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks, while reigning WNBA Sixth Woman Allie Quigley tallied an efficient 13 points (5-of-8 shooting) in just nine minutes. Cappie Pondexter had a team-high 18 points, while Jamierra Faulkner contributed 16 points and nine assists, playing her characteristic hard-nosed defense and forcing Wings guard Odyssey to put up 22 shots on her way to a game-high 23 points, .

The Mystics hold a 2-4 record on the season, and are coming off a 93-77 loss to the Phoenix Mercury. Stefanie Dolson led Washington with 14 points and six rebounds, but received little support from an ice-cold Washington offense that shot 41% from the field game, and were outscored 24-11 in the decisive fourth quarter. Emma Meesseman chipped in 12 points and five rebounds, while Ivory Latta contributed eight points off the bench. Mercury guard Diana Taurasi led-all scorers with 28 points, and Dewanna Bonner double-doubled with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Sky took 4 of their 5 matchups with the Mystics during the 2015 season series. The Sky averaged 76 points over the five contests, holding Washington to 72 points per game.

Tip-off between the Sky and Mystics is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CDT. The Sky return to Rosemont to complete their home-and-home with the Mystics on Friday, June 3 for a 7:30 CDT contest. Tickets start as low as $18. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to purchase tickets today.