The Chicago Sky started off hot after the Olympic break with a 22-19 lead in the first quarter against the Atlanta Dream on Friday night. After a competitive second quarter, which ended with both teams tied at 44, the Sky caught fire late in the third quarter as they scored 15 unanswered points to regain the lead 68-60. The Sky went on to win the contest 90-82 behind a 34-point scoring effort by Elena Delle Donne as Chicago improved to 12-13.
With another game coming up in less than 48 hours later, the team will be fresh and ready to travel to Dallas to compete against the Dallas Wings at College Park Center. The Sky will travel to Dallas for a Sunday matinee. The Sky faces the Wings in the last of the three-game series.
The Sky has defeated the Wings in their two previous meetings this season with a 92-87 win on May 29 and an 84-77 victory on June 15. During the May 29 contest, Imani Boyette blocked a season-high four shots against the Wings, which she has since tied against Connecticut on July 22. Cappie Pondexter led the Sky’s offense with 18 points. Jamierra Faulkner and Allie Quigley added 13 points each, with Faulkner also contributing nine assists. Delle Donne was the top scorer in the July 15 contest at Allstate Arena; she paced all players with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field.
Delle Donne currently leads the league in scoring, averaging 21.8 points. Sky guards Jamierra Faulkner and Courtney Vandersloot remain in the top ten in assists per game; Faulkner is averaging 4.6 assists and Vandersloot is close behind with 4.4 assists per game.
The Sky and the Wings are set to tip off at 3:30 p.m. CT at College Park Center in Arlington. The game can be viewed live on WNBA League Pass. Chicago returns to Allstate Arena Friday, September 2 to host the Seattle Storm.