Sky vs Lynx Preview 9/13

Phil Kerber

September 12, 2016

The Chicago Sky ended its three-game road trip with a victory at Connecticut on Sunday, September 11. The Sky hosts the first placed Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday, September 13 for the annual #GETPINK Game. A bake sale will be taking place during the game with baked goods and crafts created by Sky players and staff. Additionally, player jerseys and shoes will be featured in the post-game live auction.

Missing Elena Delle Donne and Tamera Young for the second consecutive game, Chicago got off to a slow start in Connecticut. Trailing 47-43 at halftime, Chicago used a 28-14 scoring advantage in the third quarter to pull ahead and never looked back. Cappie Pondexter followed up her season high 22-point performance on Friday night with a new season-high 24 points. Pondexter shot 10-for-11 from the free throw line in addition to contributing five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jessica Breland made her second straight start and recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also recorded a season-high six blocks. Off the bench, Allie Quigley shot a sizzling 7-for-10 from the field, good for 18 points. For Connecticut, Jasmine Thomas led in scoring with 21 points and six assists. Ogwumike recorded a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Alyssa Thomas fell one rebound shy of a double-double, posting 18 points and nine rebounds.

The Lynx come to town riding a five-game winning streak and having won nine of their last 10 games. On Sunday night, Minnesota overcame the San Antonio Stars for a hard-fought 81-76 victory. A balanced scoring attack saw every player on the Lynx record at least two points. Seimone Augustus paced the Lynx with 20 points and Maya Moore collected 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Rookie guard Moriah Jefferson of the Stars led all scorers with 26 points and eight assists.

Chicago has lost two previous matchups against Minnesota this season, falling 80-97 at the Allstate Arena on May 18 and again 82-87 in Minnesota on July 5. In the most recent game, Delle Donne shot 11-for-15 from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line, totaling a season-high 38 points along with 10 rebounds and two blocks. Jamierra Faulkner came off the bench with 18 points and seven assists. The Sky held the lead going into the fourth quarter, but was unable to seal the deal, as Maya Moore took over and scored 13 of her 33 points in the same quarter. The starting five scored 81 of Minnesota’s 87 points.

Tip-off between the Sky and Lynx is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, September 13 at Allstate Arena. The Chicago Sky will play host to the New York Liberty on Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. CDT before closing out on the regular season on the road at Seattle. Playoff tickets start as low as $21. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to secure seats today.