The Chicago Sky concludes their Texas swing when they take on the Dallas Wings at Sunday 3:30 p.m. CT at the College Parks Center in Arlington, Texas.
Two of the best rebounders in the WNBA will wage a battle of the boards when centers Erika De Souza and Courtney Paris square off in the blocks. Paris gobbled up an impressive 21.7% of all potential rebounds during the 2015 campaign, collecting 31.3 % of defensive rebounds and 13.2% on the offensive glass: this allowed the then-Shock to thrive in transition off of missed baskets and gain countless second-chance opportunities on the offensive end. It will be up to Erika De Souza to mitigate the advantage Paris brings to the Wings. De Souza has long been a dominant rebounder herself, passing Tammy Sutton Brown earlier this season for 19th in WNBA history in career rebounds. De Souza will look to add to that historic tally and help lead the Sky past Paris and the Wings and to victory.
The Sky carry a 1-4 record and a four game losing streak into the contest after dropping a 79-78 nail-biter against the San Antonio Stars. The Sky led by as many as points 15 points, before Stars rookie Haley Peters checked in off the bench to begin the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points in 5-of-9 shooting in 15 minutes, leading the Stars to the comeback victory. Elena Delle Donne recorded a game-high 27 points to go along with nine boards, while point guard Jamierra Faulkner continued her impressive play scoring nine points and dishing out 11 assists. Allie Quigley added a season-high 16 points. Monique Currie scored 13 points for the Stars to go along with 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Dallas Wings hold a 3-2 record on the season, and are coming off a 102-93 loss to the Atlanta Dream. Courtney Paris recorded a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, while forwards Plenette Pierson and Aerial Powers chipped in 16 points apiece. The Wings were unable to stop a high-octane Dream offense that shot 60% from 2-pt range and scored 48 points in the paint. Angel McCoughtry scored a game high 26 points for Atlanta, while Sancho Lyttle had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, dishing out six assists and swiping 6 steals.
The Sky split their 2015 season series against the then-Tulsa Shock. The Sky averaged 93 points during the two contests, allowing 86 points per game to the franchise that relocated to Dallas before the 2016 offseason.
Tip-off between the Sky and Wings is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CDT. The Sky return to Rosemont on Friday, June 3 for a 7:30 CDT matchup with the Washington Mystics. Tickets start as low as $18. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to purchase tickets today.