As the Chicago Sky look to close off the season with a bang, the team’s shooting percentages in multiple categories are nothing short of impressive. The Sky is currently in the top three in the WNBA for field goal percentage (46.1%), three point percentage (38.7%) and free throw percentage (82.8%). The team is third, second, and third in each of those categories, respectively.
Leading the team in field goal percentage is rookie Imani Boyette with 58.3 percent and the next player, Jessica Breland, at 50.0 percent. In both the three-point percentage and free-throw percentage, Cappie Pondexter and Elena Delle Donne capture the top two spots in each category, with Pondexter being first in three-point percentage (48.0%) and Delle Donne holding onto the top spot for free throw-percentage for the second consecutive season (92.3%).
According to “By the Numbers: WNBA Offense At An All-Time High” written by Brian Martin, the Sky isn’t the only team to be having an historic season. League-wide, teams are generating impressive numbers in multiple categories including scoring average, field goal percentage and average free throw percentage. The WNBA, as a whole, is averaging 81.9 points, 44.2 percent, and 79.9 percent, respectively. Los Angeles is currently leading the league in both field goal percentage and three-point percentage, making the Sparks tough competition for the rest of the league with a record of 21-3.
Overall, the Sky has immensely improved its team shooting percentage in all three categories since the inaugural season in 2006. Their first time cracking the top five in each category was just last season when the Sky came in second in field goal percentage (44.6%), fifth in three-point percentage (32.7%) and first in free throw percentage (82.6%). The last time the Chicago Sky was first in any of the three categories was in 2009 with a 39.5 free-throw percentage. The Sky is looking to maintain top five spots in each shooting percentage category as the season comes to a close.
The Chicago Sky returns to action on Friday, August 26 against the Atlanta Dream. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT at Allstate Arena. Call 866.SKY.WNBA to purchase tickets to watch the Sky continue its impressive shooting streak.