Sky at Stars Preview 5/27

Sean Gantwerker

May 25, 2016

The Sky head to San Antonio for the first game of a Texas two-step as they take on the Stars.

6’7 Sky rookie Imani Boyette returns to Big 12 country for the first time since being selected with the 10th Overall pick of the 2016 WNBA draft out of the University of Texas. Boyette dominated during her tenure down south making the All-Big 12 First Team twice, the Big-12 All-Defense squad three times, and finishing her career as the first Texas woman to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 200 blocks. Boyette has played two games during her rookie campaign and is averaging 2 points and 3 rebounds in 5 minutes per game. Boyette will share the court with a fellow 2016 draftee 6’2 Jazmon Gwathmey (Round 2, pick 2 traded to the Stars from Minnesota), who waged a similar war of terror in the paint during her time in college, recording 1,555 points, 737 rebounds and 173 blocks while at James Madison University.

The Sky head to San Antonio with a 1-3 record after a 93-80 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sky cracked a tenacious Sparks defense that were allowing only 68.3 points per game heading into the contest, but were unable to cut down on 15 turnovers that led to 23 Sparks points. Jamierra Faulkner made her second consecutive start in place of Courtney Vandersloot, recording a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists on 7-for-11 shooting, Faulkner is now shooting .65% on the year. Jessica Breland continued her hot play recording 16 points and nine rebounds on 7-for-12 shooting. Erika De Souza brought down four rebounds, passing Tammy Sutton Brown for 19th all-time in career rebounds in WNBA history (2,010). The Sky had no answer for Naperville-native Candace Parker who recorded 26 points on 6-for-15 shooting.

The 0-3 Stars are coming off a close 82-77 loss to Odyssey Sims and the Dallas Wings. Kayla McBride recorded a game-high 29 points on 8-for-16 shooting, going for 4-for-5 from deep, and finishing 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. McBride is tied for third amongst WNBA scoring leaders with 22 points per game. The Stars thrived in the fast break outscoring the Wings 21-5 in transition, but lost the battle of the boards 42-34. The Stars have struggled scoring on the year averaging a league-low 69.3 points per game, but have the second best defense allowing just 75.7 points.

Chicago won both games of their season series against San Antonio in 2015. The Sky averaged 94 points per game and gave up 84.5 points per game during the two contests.

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