Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne was selected by the Chicago Sky second overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Having graduated from the University of Delaware, Delle Donne was one of the Sky’s two highest draft picks in history, alongside Sylvia Fowles, who was also drafted second overall in 2008. Delle Donne was part of the “3 to See,” three highly anticipated college players that included Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins, in addition to the Sky’s top draftee.
Delle Donne immediately showed the hype surrounding her was well founded, as she scored 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds in her debut and helping the Sky to a 102-80 blowout of Griner and the Phoenix Mercury. The 22 points was a Sky franchise record for points in a rookie debut and was the third highest total in WNBA history. Over the course of the 2013 season, Delle Donne played and started in 30 of the Sky’s 34 games and led the team in scoring with 18.1 points per game. Named an Eastern Conference All-Star during the season, Delle Donne became the first rookie in history to win the WNBA All-Star vote, although she missed the game due to a concussion. She finished the season with several franchise rookie records, including 54 blocks, 157 made free throws, and 543 points, which was good for 5th in the league. In addition, Delle Donne also led the league in free throw percentage with a 0.929 mark. For her efforts, Delle Donne took home all four of the season’s Rookie of the Month awards and was unanimously selected as the league’s Rookie of the Year.
In 2014, Delle Donne started the way she left off the year before, scoring more than 20 points in six of her first seven games and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for May. However, Delle Donne was forced to miss 17 games in the middle of the season due to Lyme Disease, although she was still elected to the All-Star team as the top Eastern Conference vote getter, a game that she once again did not play in. While she missed more than half of the regular season, Delle Donne was back healthy for the Sky’s playoff run and played in a pivotal role in the team’s success, particularly in the Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Dream.
In the series, Delle Donne led the team in scoring, including a then-career high 34 points in the third and deciding game of the series, a performance that helped the Sky pull off the largest fourth-quarter comeback in WNBA playoff history. Delle Donne made several clutch shots down the stretch in Game 3, including the game winner with 8.4 seconds left. In the WNBA Finals, Delle Donne played well, averaging 15.7 PPG, but the Sky lost to the Phoenix Mercury in three games.
Thus far in the 2015 season, Delle Donne has only built on her previous success. In only the second game of the season, Delle Donne scored 40 points against Tulsa, breaking Jia Perkins’ previous Sky record of 39 points in a game in 2007. Five games later, Delle Donne broke her own record by scoring 45 points in an overtime win against Atlanta, a contest in which she also became only the 5th player in WNBA history to score 40 or more points in two career games. In addition to her 45-point performance, Delle Donne also set a WNBA record for most consecutive free throws in one game without a miss, going 19-19 from the line. Her 19 consecutive free throws was also part of a streak in which Delle Donne made 54 consecutive free throws, a WNBA record for a single season. For her efforts in June, Delle Donne swept the Eastern Conference Player of the Week voting and was named Player of the Month.
Delle Donne was named to her third All-Star game, once again leading the league in total votes. In the game, Delle Donne scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in only 18 minutes of play.
The Sky star has led the league in scoring the entire season; her current average is 23.3 points per game. Delle Donne was named to the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this season for games played August 17-August 23. With her scoring prowess, Delle Donne also reached 1,000 points in only 52 games, the third fastest to do so in WNBA history behind Cynthia Cooper and Diana Taurasi. Delle Donne is currently on pace to score more than 700 points this season, a feat that has only been accomplished by two Eastern Conference players in WNBA history.
Due to her tremendous scoring abilities, her incredible free throw shooting, and her team-first mentality lifting the Sky to new heights, Elena Delle Donne has been voted by Sky fans as the greatest player in Chicago Sky history.
Sylvia Fowles was a dominant force in the paint for the Chicago Sky from her rookie year in 2008 to her final season with the team in 2014. Fowles, a standout at Louisiana State University, was drafted second overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Sky.
In her rookie season, Fowles averaged 10.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game and 2.1 blocks per game. She ranked third in the league in blocks per game and was fifth in the league in double-doubles (6). Fowles was selected to the WNBA All-Rookie team.
In her second season in the league, the 2009 WNBA season, Fowles increased her per game averages to 11.5 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. She started 20 of the 24 games she played in for the Sky and shot an impressive .599 from the field. She was selected as a starter in the 2009 WNBA All-Star game and dunked with time winding down in the game. She recorded a then career-high 22 points vs. New York on August 14th and grabbed a then career-high 18 rebounds vs. Detroit on August 9th.
The 2010 season was a breakout year for Fowles. She started a career-high 34 games in her third WNBA season, averaging then career-highs in points per game (17.8), rebounds per game (9.9) and blocks per game (2.6). Fowles blocked a league-leading 88 shots, the 9th best single season total in WNBA history. Fowles also set single-season Sky franchise records with 606 points, 338 rebounds and 264 defensive rebounds. She scored a career-high 35 points at Phoenix on August 1st and grabbed a then franchise record 21 rebounds vs. New York on July 11th. Fowles scored in double-figures in all 34 Sky games this season and was named MVP of the Stars at the Sun All-Star game. She was named First Team All-WNBA and WNBA All-Defensive First Team.
If 2010 was a breakout season for Fowles, 2011 solidified her as one of the best players in the WNBA. Fowles was named the 2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year as well as an Eastern Conference All-Star for the second time. She averaged a career-high 20.0 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game, becoming only the second player in WNBA history to average 20 points and 10 rebounds a game in a season. She was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week three times in 2011 (July 11-17, August 8-14, August 22-28). Fowles recorded her 1,000th career rebound vs. Seattle on September 11th, becoming the Sky’s all-time leading rebounder. She recorded a franchise-record 22 double-doubles in a season, with a WNBA record eight straight double-doubles. Fowles broke her own Sky record for points in a season, scoring 680 points in the 2011 season.
Fowles continued her exceptional play for the Sky in the 2012 season, her fifth season in the WNBA. Fowles started 25 games, averaging 16.2 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. She missed nine games in August due to a lower leg injury. She earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for May. She started the season with eight straight double-doubles, tying the WNBA record she set in 2011. She recorded her 460th made free throw on August 17th vs. Atlanta to become the Sky’s all-time leader in free throws made. Fowles also became the Sky’s all-time leader in field goals made on August 21st vs. New York, making her 809th career field goal. She scored her 2,101st career points vs. Atlanta on August 22nd to become the leading scorer in Sky franchise history. Fowles led the WNBA in field goal percentage (.638) and was named to the All-WNBA Second Team for the 2012 season.
In the 2013 season, Fowles earned her second WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award. She started 32 games for the Sky, averaging 16.3 points per game, 2.4 blocks per game and a career-high and league-leading 11.5 rebounds per game. Fowles was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month three times in 2013 (July, August and September). Fowles recorded a franchise record 22 rebounds vs. Connecticut on May 31st, a game when she also scored 24 points. Fowles scored a season-high 32 points vs. Washington on August 2nd. Fowles was also selected as a WNBA All-Star in 2013, her third selection of her career. Fowles helped lead the Sky to the franchise’s first ever playoff berth in 2013.
Fowles underwent offseason hip surgery in 2014, causing her to miss the first 13 games of the season. She returned on June 25th vs. Connecticut and scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked five shots. Fowles then proceeded to record seven straight double-doubles from July 5th- July 25th. In the 20 games she played in 2014, she recorded 10 double-doubles. Fowles averaged 13.4 points per game and 10.2 blocks per game in 2014. She was a main reason why the Sky reached the WNBA Playoffs for the second time in franchise history. The Sky defeated the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference Finals to win the first ever Eastern Conference Championship for the Sky and secured the franchise’s first ever berth in the WNBA Finals.
In her seven seasons with the Sky, Sylvia Fowles re-wrote the record books, won two WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards, was selected to the WNBA All-Star team three times and led the Sky to its first every WNBA Playoff berth and Eastern Conference Championship. Fowles is the Sky’s all-time leader in seasons played (7), games played (186), minutes (5,755), points (2,927), rebounds (1,832), free throws made (672), field goals made (1127) career rebounding average (9.9) and rebounds in a single game (22). Fowles was the cornerstone of the Chicago Sky for seven seasons and thus, is one of the top ten players in franchise history.
Chicago Sky fans know Candice Dupree as the Sky’s first-ever draft pick. Dupree was selected sixth overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft after playing four years at Temple University. The Tampa Bay native played in Chicago from 2006 through the 2009 season.
Dupree quickly made her mark in the WNBA in her rookie season, averaging 13.7 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. She was named to the All-Star Team in 2006 but was replaced due to an injury. Despite the Sky’s 5-29 (.147) record, Dupree was named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team for her performance. She set several Sky records, including most minutes played in a rookie season (1,032), most field goals made in a rookie season (186) and most field goals attempted in a rookie season (407).
In 2007, Dupree got her chance in the All-Star game, as a reserve. Her stats increased to 16.5 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. With more production out of Dupree, Chicago’s record improved from its first season to 14-20 (.412). In 2009, Dupree helped the Sky to its best record in its first four seasons, 16-18 (.471) as she averaged 15.7 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. Dupree received her first Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor in June 2009 and was named to the All-Star Team as a starter for the first time in her career.
Prior to the 2010 season, Dupree was traded to the Phoenix Mercury in a three-team trade that sent Cappie Pondexter and Kelly Mazzante to New York from Phoenix and Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld to Chicago.
The 6-2 forward totaled 2,100 points and 980 rebounds in 135 games playing for Chicago. A notable fact is that Dupree didn’t miss a single game in her Sky career, which explains why she is one of the top players in Sky history with the most minutes played (4,422). Dupree will always be a figurative player in Sky franchise history.
After a record-setting career at Gonzaga, where she recorded 2,000 points and 1,000 assists, Courtney Vandersloot was destined for greatness in the WNBA. She has been a huge contributor to the Sky ever since she was drafted as the third overall pick in 2011 and continues to add to the team’s success.
In her 2011 season she played in all 34 games, starting in 26 of them and played 777 minutes. Vandersloot racked up an impressive 220 total points during the 2011 season. She averaged 2.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, leading to her making the WNBA All-Star team as a reserve player for the East. During the All-Star game, Courtney contributed eight points, dished out two assists and grabbed three rebounds during 13 minutes of playing time. She ranked first in Sky history with 124 assists in a single season for the Sky.
Following an impressive start to Vandersloot’s WNBA career, she continued to improve and keep her fire on the court alive in the 2012 season. Courtney dished out an astounding 157 assists, ranking fourth in the WNBA that season. Furthermore, she recorded a career and franchise high of 11 assists at Connecticut on August 26, 2012 where the Sky went on to win 82-70. She also finished with a career-high five three-pointers on August 24th. Needless to say, Courtney was proving that she is an asset to the Sky team.
In 2013, Vandersloot started all 33 games played and continued to break records including her own Sky record for assists in a season. She finished off 2013 with 162 assists and recorded 10 assists in the game against Atlanta on August 31st. During the course of the season she has 12 games with seven or more assists. Courtney also broke the record for blocks by a guard in WNBA season with 28 blocks. She led in both total blocks and blocks per game.
Vandersloot only appeared in 17 games in the 2014 season due to injury but still managed to average 6.8 ppg and 6.0 apg. Courtney also set the Sky record for assists in a single game with 13 assists on May 15 vs. Connecticut. In the 2014 she was tied at number one in assists per game (5.6) in the league with Diana Taurasi. Her hard work earned the 8th spot in WNBA league history for career assists per game. Even though she may have had a shorter season, she still made her impact on the team and in the league.
Courtney has a pivotal role on the Sky and continues to add toward to team’s success in the 2015 season. So far this season, has reached 1,000 points in her WNBA career against Atlanta on June 19th, recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 points and a season-high 10 assists vs. New York on June 30th, and currently resides as fourth in assists per game in the league.
Throughout her five seasons with the Sky, Vandersloot has lived up to the hype of being a top five overall draft pick. Her hard work has paid off to be honored as a Top Ten player in Chicago Sky history.
Next on the Top Ten Sky Players list is Epiphanny Prince. Prince, who forewent her senior year at Rutgers University to begin a professional basketball career overseas, was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native played five seasons in Chicago from 2010-2014 before being traded to the New York Liberty prior to the start of the 2015 season.
Prince played in all 34 games of her rookie season, during which she averaged 9.8 points, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals. Her aggressive efforts on defense allowed Prince to rack up 55 steals, which is the most for any Sky player in a rookie season. Prince earned her first WNBA honor when she was named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team.
An increased role in Prince’s sophomore season made her numbers rise. She boosted her averages to 13.1 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals. Prince’s improved production helped her to start 27 out of 34 games in 2011, a jump from starting only two games in 2010. In that season, Prince made her first WNBA All-Star appearance as a reserve.
She continued to develop her offensive game the following season. Not only did Prince score the most total points in her career, 471, but she also improved her shooting percentage from all areas of the floor: 44.2% from the field, 40.7% from the three-point line and 89.9% from the free throw line. The 2012 season could be noted as Prince’s breakout season, as she averaged 18.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Prince also recorded her career-high 33 points in an overtime victory against Atlanta on June 2, 2012. Twice, she earned the honor of being chosen WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week during the 2012 season. In three consecutive games between June 1 and June 8, Prince scored more than 30 points, which is a Sky record.
Prince made her second WNBA All-Star appearance in 2013, as a starter. She set a season-high 29 points alongside seven assists against Atlanta on September 13. Prince also shot 8-8 from the free throw line, leading the Sky to a home win.
In her final season in Chicago, Prince led the team in scoring 391 total points and with 49 steals. Although she missed the first seven games of the season, Prince managed to propel the Sky to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. She finished her Sky career with 391 points, 100 assists and 77 rebounds, with shooting percentages of .855 from the free throw line and .375 from the arc.
Prince will always be regarded by Sky fans as an essential piece in Sky history, as she helped the team to back-to-back playoff berths and to the 2014 WNBA Finals in the latter part of her career.
Jia Perkins graduated from Texas Tech in 2004 and was drafted with the Chicago Sky in 2005 in a WNBA Expansion Draft. She played with the Sky until 2010 before being traded to the San Antonio Stars. In her first season with the Chicago Sky she played in 30 games, 27 of which she started in and averaged 9.4 points, 3.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
In 2007, Perkins played in 33 games where she averaged 11.7 points, 2.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. She had a franchise record on June 29th at Sacramento with 39 points on 17 field goals and five 3- pointers and 10 assists. During this year Perkins was ranked 16th in the WNBA for field goal percentage (46.4) and ranked 4th in 3-point field goal percentage (45.9). Ranked 10th in the league with 50 steals and 1.52 steals per game. June 17 against San Antonio Perkins set a career-high by knocking down 9 of 10 free throws.
In 2008, Perkins started 34 games and averaged 17.0 points per game and was ranked 7th in total points scored in the season (577) for the WNBA. She set a WIBA record with 39 consecutive free throws made and was able to stay perfect from the line from June 3 to July 1. She also ranked in the top 10 in 12 categories for the WNBA including 9th in points per game (17.0), 6th in steals per game (1.88), and 5th in free throw percentage (.891).
In 2009, Jia started in all 34 games, where she averaged 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.15 steals in 27.4 minutes per game. She also ranked second on the team with 931 minutes played. Perkins led the team with 73 steals and ranked second with 450 total points. With her steals per game at 2.15 she is ranked 5th in the WNBA as well as making her first All-Star appearance as a reserve scoring 16 points.
In Jia Perkins final year with the Sky, she started all 34 games and was leading the team in steals with 1.65 per game. She ranked 2nd in points with 10.7. Her steals to turnover ratio was 1.40 leading the WNBA. She ranked 4th in total steals with 56 and averaged 2.40 assists per game and 2.90 rebounds per game. She had a season- high rebounding game at New York on May 16th grabbing seven total that game. She went perfect from the free throw line going 6-for-6 against Atlanta on June 15. After the perfect game from the line that marked the season-bests in both free throws made and free throws attempted. On June 25th versus Washington, Perkins had a season-high five steals. Jia composed a season-best, grabbing five defensive rebounds against Indiana on June 25th. Her final accomplishment before leaving the team in 2010 was a tied career-high with five 3-pointers at Phoenix on August 1st.
2010: Started all 34 games … Led the team with 1.65 steals per game and ranked second with 10.7 points per game … Led the WNBA with a 1.40 steals to turnover ratio while ranking fourth in total steals (56) … Averaged 2.4 assists per game and 2.9 rebounds per game … Collected a season-high seven total rebounds at New York on May 16 … Was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe against Atlanta on June 15, marking season-bests in both free throws made and attempted … Had a season-high five steals against Washington on June 25 … Collected a season-best five defensive rebounds against Indiana on June 27 … Set season-standards with 26 points and 10 made field goals at New York on July 11 … Tied a career-high with five 3-pointers at Phoenix on August 1.
All these stellar accomplishments have landed Jia Perkins sixth on the list of all-time Chicago Sky players.
In 2009, the Chicago Sky acquired Tamera Young from the Atlanta Dream following an impressive rookie season.
Young joined the Sky midway through August, starting six of her ten games played in the 2009 season. Her debut game with the sky was against the Minnesota Lynx on August 15. Young recorded two points, one block and one rebound in her first four minutes in the Sky uniform. She averaged 13 minutes, five points and three rebounds in her first ten games with Chicago.
In her first full season with the Sky, Young proved to be an important factor in the Sky’s success. She started in 22 of 32 games of the 2010 season averaging 6.8 points and 1.6 assists a game. She also stepped up her defensive game and averaged 3.1 rebounds. Young scored a season-high 15 points on July 1 against Connecticut, and on August 4 vs. the Sparks, she had her best performance of the season. Shooting 45 percent from the field, she scored 14 points and also grabbed seven rebounds.
The 2011 season was statistically Young’s best season with the Sky. Overall, she averaged 7.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. Young performed well on the defensive end all season long. Against the Connecticut Sun on August 9, she grabbed 15 total rebounds, 11 of them being defensive. Later that month vs. the Washington Mystics on August 20, Young passed the 100 steal mark and set a new career high of seven steals.
Young saw her playing time increase into the 2012 season and was an important part to the Sky’s starting line up in 24 of 33 games. She averaged 24.4 minutes per game, which is the most she has played in any of her WNBA seasons. Young surpassed another milestone in this season and became the sixth Sky player to have 1,000 career points. Young finished the 2012 season with 1069 career points and averaged 8.2 points per game, which is her highest point average with the Sky. Like previous seasons, she averaged near four rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
Over the years, Young became an important leader on the Sky and took the veteran role to help guide the younger team. Her role became extremely important in the 2013 season, which was a historic one for Chicago as they achieved their first playoff appearance. Young came off the bench most of the season averaging 18 minutes per game. Her presence on the court was much appreciated by her teammates because she brought control and confidence. Young averaged 5.6 points per game and continued to grab 3.8 rebounds to help lead the Sky to their first playoff game and appearance.
For the first time in Young’s career, she started in all 34 games during Chicago’s 2014 season. Coming of a historic season for the Sky, Young was ready to dominate the floor in attempts for another playoff run. Early in the season, she recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds while playing New York on June 18. Once again defense was Young’s mind-set. Later in the season, she tied her season-high in rebounds grabbing another 12 vs. Washington on July 7. Young’s season-high 16 points fell on August 26 while the team played in Atlanta. Her defensive and scoring capability helped lead the Sky to another playoff run and WNBA finals appearance. Young finished the season averaging 6.7 points per game and tallied a total 136 defensive rebounds on the year.
After being sidelined for part of the first half of the season due to a thumb injury, Young is back in the lineup for the Sky. While recovering from injury, Young assisted Pokey Chatman on the bench, providing support for her teammates. Nevertheless, fans are excited to see her back in the game. She is currently averaging 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. She is enjoying being back on the court with her team.
Young is now in her seventh season with the Sky, which is tied for most in franchise history. Her leadership, knowledge of the game, defensive presence, and scoring capabilities make her one of the best players in Sky history.
Allie Quigley was acquired by the Chicago Sky as a free agent in 2013. In her debut season with the Sky, Quigley played in all 34 regular season games and finished with an average of 3.8 points per game.
The summer of 2014 proved to be Quigley’s breakout season. She recorded career-highs in several statistical categories. She scored 27 points on July 13 against Atlanta. She also broke her record for field goals made (12), field goals attempted (22), and steals (4) at that game. On July 25 she tallied a career-high six assists. She appeared in all 34 games for the Sky that season and made her first career start on June 10 against Seattle.
In 2014, Quigley earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors the week of August 4th. She received this honor after scoring 17+ points off the bench in three consecutive games. She tallied a total of 21 games of double digit scoring. Quigley’s impressive off the bench performance in the 2014 season earned her the Sixth Woman of the Year Award. She ended the season with an average of 11.2 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Quigley has continued to shine in the 2015 season. The 2014 Sixth Woman of the Year transitioned into a member of the starting lineup for six games this season. She made her first season start on June 20 against San Antonio in which she scored a season-high 19 points. A few games later on July 2 against Connecticut, Quigley again scored 19 points, seven of which were in the first two minutes of the contest. Then with 15.4 seconds left in the game, Quigley made two go-ahead free throws to help secure a 77-74 victory over the Sun.
As the season prolongs, Quigley continues to add value and excitement to the team. On July 10 against Minnesota, she scored on an alley-oop from Jamierra Faulkner at the third quarter buzzer. This play received the number nine spot on Sports Center’s Top Ten that night.
Allie Quigley’s hard work, dedication, and improvement have earned her a place on the list of Top Ten Sky Players of all time. The Sky looks forward to seeing her continue to grow and develop her skills.
Armintie Price was drafted third overall by the Sky in the 2007 draft out of the University of Mississippi. During her time at the school, Price became the first player in SEC history to win two Defensive Player of the Year awards, which she did in the 2005 and 2007 seasons. As a senior in 2007, Price finished 1st in the NCAA in steals with 3.7 SPG and was 2nd in scoring with 19.1 PPG, leading her team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. For her efforts during her final college season, Price was named a Kodak/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American. Price finished her illustrious career at the University of Mississippi as only the second player in NCAA history to amass 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, and 400 steals, a distinction she shared with basketball Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller.
When she was selected by the Sky, Price became the team’s first-ever lottery pick. In addition, Price became the team’s first draft pick to start in all 34 games as a rookie, and had an immediate impact on the Sky roster on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Price finished the season second on the Sky in assists per game, with 2.9, and steals per game, with 1.2, as well as third in rebounding, with 6.0 RPG. Price also added 7.9 points per game for the team. For her efforts, Price was named the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year, beating out Lindsey Harding of the Minnesota Lynx and Sidney Spencer of the Los Angeles Sparks.
After a fantastic 2007 campaign, Price averaged 6.9 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 1.7 APG during the 2008 season, numbers that ranked 6th, 5th, and 4th on the Sky, respectively. She also shot 43.8 percent, 4th highest on the team. Price appeared in every Sky game, starting 11 of them. In 2009, Price appeared in 22 games for the team and played well off the bench, averaging 3.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, and 1.2 APG.
In August 2009, the Sky traded Price to Atlanta for current Sky player Tamera Young, ending her tenure with the team. Although she only played two and a half seasons with the Sky, Price is considered one of the best players in Sky history. In particular, Price is known for her rebounding abilities with the Sky, and she is tied with WNBA All-Star Swin Cash for seventh all-time in Sky history with 388 total rebounds.
Price will always be loved by Sky fans and was recognized accordingly, as she was voted as the team’s 9th best player in the franchise’s All Time Top 10 player selection.
Brooke Wyckoff was one of the first players to make an impact on the new Chicago Sky franchise. After joining the franchise via the Expansion Draft of 2005, Wyckoff quickly cemented herself as a fan favorite. A member of the original starting five, Brooke will forever be in the franchise’s record books as scoring the first ever basket in a Sky home game and it was her work ethic, bright smile and charismatic personality that really won over the Sky fans.
“Chicago is such an amazing city,” said Brooke. “I was born here, so when I heard they were going to have a team, I was really excited, and when I heard they were drafting me I was even more excited! It was such a great experience living there in the summer and being back around my family was great.”
Drafted in 2001 by the Orlando Miracle, Wyckoff split the first four seasons of her WNBA career between them and the Connecticut Sun before coming to Chicago in 2006. Originally from Lake Forest, IL, Wyckoff started 13 games for the Sky in their inaugural season, averaging 3.3 points per game. Looked upon as a team leader, Wyckoff’s 2.2 assists that season was a career high.
Sky fans got the chance to see a lot of their favorite player during the 2007 and 2008 seasons as Brooke saw action in all 68 contests, one of two players to do so during that time period. Wyckoff appeared in 27 games, starting 23 of them in the 2009 season before an ACL injury forced her to miss the remainder of the season.
Wyckoff was known for her prolific three-point shooting, posting a 33.0% shooting percentage from behind the arc while wearing a Sky uniform. In the 2009 season, her final season with the team, Wyckoff shot 39.2% from the three-point line, knocking down 20 threes in 27 games.
Since hanging up her Sky jersey in 2009, Brooke is back at the place where her WNBA dreams began, Florida State University, embarking on the next phase of her basketball career… coaching.
For Brooke, FSU was where it all started. “When I played at Florida State I really wanted to make it into the WNBA,” she said. Brooke sparked the rise of the Florida State women’s basketball program, she was a standout player on the court from 1997 to 2001. In her senior year, she led the Seminoles to their first winning season in nine years, which culminated in the school’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Wyckoff will always be a fan favorite here in Chicago and its no surprise that Sky fans voted her in as number 10 in the franchises All-Time Top-10 player selection.