Sky Drop to Sparks

The Chicago Sky dropped its second game of the West Coast road trip to the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday by a score of 77-59, making their record 3-5 on the young season.

The Sky were the No. 2 ranked 3-point shooting team in the league coming into the game, but shot 3-for-23 from downtown in the contest. Both teams shot a combined 5-for-36 from behind the arc.

“We have great shooters, some of the best shooters in the league right now, and we just didn’t hit shots tonight,” said general manager and head coach Amber Stocks. “I have no doubt in my mind that our team is resilient, determined and confident.”

Stocks made a lineup change as forward Cheyenne Parker got her first start of the season and finished with a team-high 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Parker was the only player to score in double figures for the Sky, but three players contributed at least seven points for Chicago to go along with Parker’s 17.

“We had a lot of great opportunities to hit shots, but shots didn’t fall for us today,” said guard Jamierra Faulkner. “Most of the shots that we missed were open shots. We know we can attack and get to the basket that’s just a main focus for us to draw fouls and get to the line.”

The Sky dominated the offensive glass 14-7, which allowed them to stay in the game until a fourth quarter run by Los Angeles sealed the victory for the 5-2 Sparks.

Chicago native Candace Parker had herself a game for Los Angeles as she poured in a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Sky center Stefanie Dolson missed her fourth consecutive game with a strained tendon. The Sky conclude their road trip with a rematch against the Seattle Storm at 9 p.m. CST on Tuesday at KeyArena in Seattle. The Storm took a 95-91 overtime win against the Sky on May 25.