In an early morning match-up in Washington, the Chicago Sky proved, once again, that no matter what time of day they play, they are on a mission to make it into the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive year. Since the return of Sky superstar Elena Delle Donne, the Sky have gone 4 and 1 and today's victory helps the cause of making those coveted playoffs. The Sky definitely fed off their other superstar center Sylvia Fowles who had another double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds and was the leading scorer in today's game. Delle Donne came off the bench and in just over 23 minutes of play, added 18 points to the Sky's 72-69 win. Two superstars, too darn much for the Mystics who barely held a lead for the entire game as Quigley and Prince also contributed double figure scoring keeping the Sky in front for most of the game.
The Sky were up 19-10 after the first quarter and pretty much never looked back allowing them to leave town with good vibes and another sweet victory. There are only two games left in the regular season and the Sky will face Indiana on Saturday in Indy and then come home to face the San Antonio Stars on Sunday in a 5 p.m. game at Allstate Arena. Here's hoping thousands of fans show up to cheer on one of the only winning teams in Chicago's summer sports offerings. Don't look for the Cubs or the Sox to make any noise in the playoffs because neither team has played well enough to even be in consideration for fall play. While the Sky looked for quite a while like they, too, wouldn't be playing past the regular season, a renewed energy and cohesion with the return of most of the starters has led to them really having a chance to extend the excitement.
A special note for Sunday's game, the San Antonio Stars team features WNBA veteran Becky Hammon who will be retiring this season and will be moving on to even bigger and better things as a full-time Assistant Coach with the NBA's reigning champion San Antonio Spurs. This is a history-making occurrence for Hammon who is the first-ever full-time female NBA coach in any capacity. Congrats to Becky and best wishes in your new career! To our Chicago Sky fans, come on out to the game and cheer on the Chicago Sky and also give a cheer to Becky Hammon who has been a great player in the WNBA and will make a great coach in the NBA.
Let's hope there are a lot of Fowles in the Indiana and San Antonio games (and a lot of Delle Donne, Quigley, Prince, Breland, Young, Sloot, Faulkner, Gatling, Goodlet, Clements, and Brandon, too!) GO SKY and give me a Fever in Indy and show San Antonio that the Stars won't shine in the Chicago Sky!
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