Sky vs Storm Preview 9/2

The Chicago Sky will look to continue their winning ways after starting the post-Olympic break with two consecutive victories. The Sky will host the Seattle Storm on Friday, September 2.

The Sky got off to a hot start in their last game against the Dallas Wings, never once allowing the Wings to hold a lead. An 18-1 run over the first and second quarters gave the Sky a 40-16 advantage, the largest of the game. Dallas cut the lead to single digits in the third and fourth quarters, but was never able to fully close the gap. Four Sky players scored in double figures, led by Elena Delle Donne with 18 points and nine rebounds and Courtney Vandersloot with 15 points and nine assists. Erika de Souza came off the bench to set two new season highs in field goals made (5) and points scored (12). The Sky scored a season-high 52 points in the paint. Starters Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims who scored 16 points and 22 points, respectively, led the Wings. Off the bench, Aerial Powers contributed 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Sky won its previous matchup with the Storm at KeyArena on July 17, 91-88. Elena Delle Donne knocked down a three-pointer with one second remaining to secure the win for the Sky. Delle Donne scored Chicago’s final nine points of the game. She finished with 35 points on 14-of-24 shooting, and grabbed 11 rebounds, recording her third double-double of the season. Cheyenne Parker posted career highs with 15 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double of the season. The Sky out-rebounded the Storm 41-28 and shot a blistering hot 9-for-13 from beyond the arc. The Storm were led by gold medalists Sue Bird with 24 points and four assists, and Breanna Stewart who stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five blocks.

The Storm is coming off a 78-66 victory over the Dallas Wings at KeyArena on Wednesday, August 31. Four of the five Storm starters registered double figures in scoring, led by Jewell Loyd with 23 points. Breanna Stewart recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Storm held the Wings to 13 and 12 points in the first and fourth quarters, respectively. The Sky will look to extend their winning streak to three games as they go up against the trio of Bird, Loyd and Stewart.

Tip-off between the Sky and Storm is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, September 2 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. The Chicago Sky will play host to the San Antonio Stars on Sunday, September 4 at 5 p.m. CDT before heading off on a three-game road trip. Playoff tickets are on sale and start as low as $21. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to secure playoff seats today.