Sky head to Washington for second half of home-and-home with Mystics
Allie Quigley’s strong performance in her return to the Sky (1-3) – 13 points and 7 rebounds – was not enough against the Washington Mystics (2-2), as Chicago fell 82-67 on Wednesday afternoon. The Sky now travel to Washington for the back-half of a home-and-home with the Mystics, with tipoff set for 6:00PM CT, Friday on The U Too.
Washington will play host to Chicago for the first time this season, with the Sky leading the all-time series 26-18. The Sky have won two of their last three games in the nation’s capital.
The Sky have relied on their veteran presence in the backcourt this season. Cappie Pondexter is leading the way for the team with 68 points and 33 assists. Tamera Young is hot on her heels with 58 points and 12 assists, both second-best on the team to Pondexter.
Chicago’s backcourt also got a boost with Quigley returning to the team after playing for a Turkish Women’s National League team in the offseason. Her presence, along with Pondexter and Young, might be what the Sky need to get their young guards going.
Stefanie Dolson is holding down the fort on the backcourt. After a career performance Sunday (May 21) against Atlanta, she added a double-double in Wednesday’s loss (13 points, 11 rebounds). Jessica Breland and Cheyenne Parker are also playing well for the Sky, combining for 54 points and 55 rebounds.
Pondexter added to her illustrious career during Wednesday’s game, picking up 10 assists, which moved her to seventh all-time in the WNBA. She also added 17 points to pick up the double-double for the day.
Chicago’s loss was not as bad as the final score makes it seem. The Sky led, or were tied, for a continuous 1126 of gameplay in the first and second quarters. The Sky kept the game within reach until a three-pointer from Natasha Cloud with 6:21 remaining in the game put the Mystics up by double-digits for the remainder.
Chicago will need to find a way to halt Elena Delle Donne, who leads the Mystics with 86 points; 34 more than her next teammate. The former Sky standout had a game-high 21 points on Wednesday while also adding 8 rebounds.
The Mystics also got great bench support for their starting five on Wednesday, with Tianna Hawkins and Ivory Latta both contributing double-digit point totals. Hawkins finished one rebound shy of a double-double.
After the series with the Mystics, the Sky return home on Sunday, May 28 to take on the Connecticut Sun (0-3). To purchase tickets, call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET.
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This story is accurate as of May 26, 2017, before the Sun’s game against the Minnesota Lynx.