Preseason vs. New York Liberty


CHICAGO -- Elena Delle Donne put up 17 points in her first professional appearance as her Sky won their preseason game against the New York Liberty 85-67 in front of a thousand CPS schoolchildren at Chicago State University.

The Sky got a lot of help from their bench as every dressed player saw time on the floor and all but one scored. Guard Allie Quigley had 14 points and shot 50%, including two 3-pointers, and guard Shay Murphy scored eight of her 10 points late in the first quarter to increase the Skys lead.

After a tight first quarter, the Sky closed the first half ahead by 17 points and kept a double-digit cushion on the Liberty for most of the remaining time.

New Yorks height limited looks for center Sylvia Fowles (eight points, seven rebounds), and the rest of the Skys frontcourt, but the Sky guards found a groove and shot over 45% from the floor.

Delle Donne had a successful day in her first time playing in a Sky uniform. The rookie from the University of Delaware led the team in scoring and had two 3-pointers, three rebounds and shot 100 percent from the free throw line.

The team shot over 45% from the floor and nearly 77% from the free throw line. Sky guards Epiphanny Prince scored 13 points and Sharnee Zoll-Norman recorded seven assists.

Approximately 1,250 elementary schoolers packed in the Jacoby Dickens Center to see the game as part of the Skys Game Plan for Peace. The game kicks off the teams anti-violence initiative with CeaseFire Illinois and the Cook County Sheriffs Department. Kids in attendance participated in dance contests, got free t-shirts and made a lot of noise for the Sky.

Chicago native Cappie Pondexter led the New York Liberty with 14 points. Liberty guard/forward Alex Montgomery also had 14 points. It was Coach Bill Laimbeers first appearance as head coach of the Liberty, who are now 0-2 in the preseason.