Sky vs Lynx Preview 7/05

Phil Kerber

July 3, 2016

The Chicago Sky will look to continue its winning ways as the team travels to Minnesota to take on the Lynx on Tuesday, July 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT.

The Sky completed the season sweep of the Washington Mystics with an 86-84-overtime victory, improving to 7-9. Down 10 points at halftime, the Sky used a 25-11 third-quarter scoring advantage to take a 65-61 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Sky would outlast the Mystics to hold on for the victory. Elena Delle Donne scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, notching her first double-double of the season. Courtney Vandersloot contributed 14 points, including the game winning jumper in overtime, and five assists, and Allie Quigley came off the bench to add 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field. Tayler Hill led the way for the Mystics with 25 points, while Kia Vaughn excelled as the sixth woman, scoring 20 points. The Mystics dropped to 9-9 on the year.

Tuesday night will be the second meeting between the Sky and Lynx this season. The Lynx defeated the Sky 97-80 at the Allstate Arena on May 18. Delle Donne made her season debut after missing the Sky’s season opener due to illness, pacing the Sky with 28 points and six rebounds on 60 percent shooting from the field. Cappie Pondexter added 18 points, and Vandersloot posted a game-high 11 assists to go along with six points. Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles, who combined for 46 of the Lynx’s 97 points last game, led Minnesota in scoring. Fowles also grabbed 13 rebounds to complete a double-double.

The Lynx halted its losing streak at three with a 91-68 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Saturday night in Minnesota. A balanced scoring approach saw 10 players score for the Lynx, including 44 points by the bench. Minnesota scored 46 points in the point, and shot 52.3 percent from the field. Their defense held the Stars to 33.3 percent shooting from the field for the game. The Sky will look to match the bench play and defensive intensity of the Lynx with the emerging play of rookie Imani Boyette.

Tip-off between the Sky and Lynx is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. Fans can tune in to ESPN2 to catch all the action. The Chicago Sky return home Friday, July 8 to take on the New York Liberty. Tickets start as low as $18. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to purchase tickets today.