Sky vs Lynx Preview 5/18

The defending WNBA champions come to town as the Chicago Sky take on the Minnesota Lynx on School Day at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

The matchup will feature a contest between last season’s top two scorers in the WNBA, reigning MVP Elena Delle Donne, who averaged a league best 23.4 points per game during the 2015 season, and Maya Moore who chipped in 20.6 points per game on her way to the WNBA First Team. Delle Donne bested the Lynx star in every statistical scoring category except three-point field goals.

The Sky opened its 2016 WNBA campaign with a 93-70 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Courtney Vandersloot scored 14 points and dished out seven assists on her way to player of the game honors. Sky rookie Imani Boyette impressed in her debut scoring four points and bringing down five rebounds in eight minutes of play. Chicago shot 45 percent from the field, outrebounded Connecticut 46-33, and outscored the Sun by a 34-18 margin in the paint. Chicago held Connecticut to just 34 percent shooting from the field. Elene Delle Donne missed the contest with an illness.

The Lynx dominated in its season opener against Phoenix, spoiling the returns of Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor, while cruising to a 95-75 victory. Maya Moore became the first player in WNBA history to score over 25 points (finishing with 27) and 10 rebounds in a season opener. Seimone Augustus contributed 21 points, while Sylvia Fowles posted her 100th career double-double with a line of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Minnesota shot 54 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle over the Mercury by a 40-24 margin.

The Sky split the 2015 season series with the Lynx. The Sky averaged 78 points and gave up 79 points per game to the Lynx over the two contests.

Tip-off between the Sky and Lynx is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CDT. Tickets start as low as $18. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to purchase tickets today.