Despite career-high scoring by DePaul alum Allie Quigley with 27 points and double digit scoring from Tamera Young and Sylvia Fowles, the Atlanta Dream held on in overtime to beat the Sky 79-81. Ouch...another tough loss playing the Dream team that's in first place in their division. 21 turnovers didn't help the cause and weak defense against one of the league's best scorers, Angel McCoughtry, didn't help as she ended up tying her season high with 33 points while recording her second double-double of the season along with grabbing 10 rebounds.
There's not much else to say about this game - the Sky could have won with only a few seconds left but the lay-up by our usually trustworthy center didn't go in...this too didn't help leading to overtime and another 5 minutes of tension with the scoring going back and forth. Then a crucial turnover or two....this really didn't help. Turn out the lights, clean up the stadium, and add another notch to the growing loss column for our Chicago Sky. Here are some of the emotions I went through watching this game...frustrating, exciting, energetic, crazy, back and forth, beautiful (Allie Quigley), tense, craptacular (thanks to the Simpsons), hopeful, and finally, despondent.
The Chicago Sky now stand at 8-13 on the season, 7 1/2 games back of the conference leading Atlanta Dream and 2nd from the bottom in the Eastern conference plus they're on a 5-game losing streak. Too many negatives and not enough positives despite career-high scoring by individuals, double-doubles, and the like. It's called coming up short again and again no matter what certain individuals do - which means as a team, the Sky aren't getting it done. Next up for the Sky are the Indiana Fever with superstar Tamika Catchings back in the lineup after being out for the first half of the season with a back injury. It ain't getting any easier and the Sky coaching staff have their hands full trying to keep up the morale of a squad seemingly giving their all, with little results to show for it. GET GOING SKY!
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