One down, a few to go - the Chicago Sky took the first step towards moving on in the WNBA Playoffs by beating the Atlanta Dream tonight 80-77 in Atlanta. Five Sky players scored in double digits led by our prolific scorer Elena Delle Donne who scored 21 points in an extended playing time of 33:09 - her longest stint yet since coming back from illness. Tamera Young, Epiphanny Prince, Sylvia Fowles and Courtney Vandersloot also doubled up tonight while only three Dream players had double digit scoring led by Angel McCoughtry with 24. Big Syl in the Sky middle also contributed to the win with 14 rebounds and stellar play clogging up the paint with her big frame and even bigger desire. Game ball goes to Courtney Vandersloot who scored the winning basket with only about 20 seconds left in the game - SLOOT CAN SHOOT!
This game tonight was big in so many ways - big because the Sky have barely had all 5 starters together for any games this season and they jelled quite nicely tonight. Big in that it was the FIRST playoff victory in franchise history. And big because it was good to see Delle Donne looking so sharp on offense even though a few times she looked a bit out of gas which was something to be expected with all the minutes she put in tonight but it didn't affect her scoring which is a great sign for this team. The game tonight was bad because one of our great off-season acquisitions, Jessica Breland, took a bad fall in the 2nd quarter and it's not been announced yet what happened to her - whether she dislocated her shoulder or broke something in her hand - it was hard to tell. Good thoughts go out to Jessica who has been a wonderful addition to this year's Sky squad, hope it wasn't too serious and she's not in a lot of pain as we sure need her as she has become a vital part of the Sky's success this year.
Game one is in the books - a great big W for the Chicago Sky against the first place team in the Eastern Conference! The Sky may have ruined Atlanta's Dream tonight but the big dream for the Sky is to do it again on Sunday when both teams head to Chicago for Game 2 in the series. This round of the playoffs is the best of three games - so far the best in the first game is the Chicago Sky. Life is good in the Windy City and we hope to see lots of you out at Allstate Arena on Sunday night cheering on the ONLY winning pro sports team in Chicago this summer. GO SKY!
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