The Chicago Sky will look to get back on the winning track after dropping the first two games of a three game road trip. The Sky started the post-Olympic break with four straight wins but have since lost their last two. They finish their road trip with a visit to the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, September 11. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. CDT.
A depleted Chicago team got off to a slow start against the Indiana Fever in their last matchup and were never able to catchup. Missing reigning MVP and current scoring leader Elena Delle Donne as well as regular starter Tamera Young, the Sky were forced to use a new starting lineup featuring Jessica Breland and Jamierra Faulkner along with regulars Cappie Pondexter, Courtney Vandersloot and Imani Boyette. The number one scoring offense in the WNBA was forced to find new avenues of production. Pondexter led the Sky with a season-high 22 points and four steals, and Vandersloot added in 15 points and four steals of her own. Breland finished one rebound short of her second double-double of the season, ending the game with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Cheyenne Parker returned to action after missing two games with an ankle injury. She scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds and tied a season high with two steals. The Fever were pace by a balanced scoring attack. Four starters scored in double figures, led by Briann January with 20 points, and Lynetta Kizer came off the bench to chip in 14 points. With their victory, the Fever hold the playoff tiebreaker over the Sky.
The Sky and Sun met on the first day of the season, May 14, at the Allstate Arena. Missing Elena Delle Donne due to illness, Chicago came away with a 93-70 victory. The Sky hosted the Sun again in their final game before the Olympic Break on July 22. This time with Delle Donne, Connecticut came away victorious 94-89. The Sky were led by Delle Donne with 20 points and Pondexter with 16 points. Breland came off the bench to contribute 13 points and a team-best eight rebounds. The Sun were led by Jonquel Jones, who recorded her first career double-double with career-highs 20 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Bentley scored 21 points to lead Connecticut on the offensive end.
The Sun are coming off an 89-82 defeat at the hands of the New York Liberty on Friday night in New York. Chiney Ogwumike paced the Sun with 20 points and nine rebounds, and Courtney Williams came off the bench for 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Tip-off between the Sky and Sun is scheduled for 12 p.m. CDT on Sunday, September 11 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The Chicago Sky return home on Tuesday, September 13 to play host to the Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. CDT. Don’t miss out on WNBA 20th season savings! Save 20% on single-game tickets through September 18. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit www.WNBASuper20.com/sky to purchase tickets today.