Playoff-Bound (!) Chicago Sky Opens Season At Home Tonight

Playoff-Bound (!) Chicago Sky Opens Season At Home Tonight
Epiphanny Prince has led the charge toward the Chicago Sky's first potential playoff spot. She led all scorers with 26 points in the Sky's home opener

Playoff-bound?

Bound and determined, that is.

The Chicago Sky, opening their 8th season tonight at the Allstate Arena, is bound and determined to make the playoffs this year. They have the dubious distinction of being the only team in the WNBA to have never made the cut.

“The 2013 season is shaping to be one of the finest in Sky history,” said President and CEO Adam Fox.

Coach Pokey Chatman, who signed a two-year contract renewal in the offseason, was smart,  never going  Bill Cartwright-ey on the fans and guaranteed a spot. She's much more realistic than that. She also just signed a two-year contract renewal with the team.

As announced earlier in the week, the 2013 Chicago Sky Final Roster is as follows:

 PLAYER                   POS    HT      WT     DOB               FROM                        YRS

25        Michelle Campbell       F          6-2       183      5/12/84            Rutgers                        R

8          Swin Cash                    F          6-1       162      9/22/1979        Connecticut                 11

11        Elena Delle Donne       G-F      6-5       188      9/5/1989          Delaware                     R

34        Sylvia Fowles              C          6-6       200      10/6/1985        Louisiana St.                5

7          Eshaya Murphy           G         5-11     164      4/15/1985        USC                             6

10        Epiphanny Prince        G         5-9       167      1/11/1988        Rutgers                       3

14        Allie Quigley               G         5-10     140      6/20/1986          DePaul                         4

30        Carolyn Swords           C          6-6       210      7/19/1989        Boston College            2

22        Courtney Vandersloot  G         5-8       145      2/8/1989        Gonzaga                      2

1          Tamera Young             F          6-2       170      10/30/1986      James Madison           5

5          Sharnee Zoll-Norman  G         5-7       148      7/11/1986        Virginia                        1

 

The roster has put up some great numbers so far. They are unbeaten in the sole preseason game against the New York Liberty and took a game away from the Phoenix Mercury, from star Brittany Griner on Memorial.

The Sky's #1 Draft pick Elena Delle Donne put up 17 points in her first professional appearance as her Sky won their preseason game against the New York Liberty 85-67 in
Former DePaul University Guard Allie Quigley had 14 points and shot 50%, including two 3-pointers, and guard Shay Murphy scored eight of her 10 points late in the first quarter to increase the Sky’s lead.

After a tight first quarter, the Sky closed the first half ahead by 17 points and kept a double-digit cushion on the Liberty for most of the remaining time.

The team shot over 45% from the floor and nearly 77% from the free throw line. Sky guards Epiphanny Prince scored 13 points and Sharnee Zoll-Norman recorded seven assists.
Earlier this month, the Sky announced a new local broadcast partnership with Weigel Broadcasting Co. The schedule includes 24 showcased regular season games. Fans can also use WNBA’s LiveAccess at www.chicagosky.net.

WCIU, The U and The U Too, part of the Weigel Broadcasting Co., will host the regular season programming. WCIU, The U will air the June 2 game against the Tulsa Shock and the July 7 match up against New York. The U Too station will feature the remaining 22 home and away games including the Aug. 23 game against the Liberty.

“Having the chance to showcase our games on the WCIU, The U and The U Too stations is an outstanding opportunity to share the team’s season-long journey with our local fans. We are looking forward to a strong and lasting partnership with Weigel Broadcasting Co.”

Other highlights of the broadcast line up include games versus Los Angeles Sparks stand out and Naperville native Candace Parker (6/29 and 8/13) and the defending WNBA Champion Indiana Fever squad (6/22, 8/6 and 9/6).

“We are happy to partner with the Sky to bring exciting WNBA basketball to WCIU, The U and The U Too. There is a renewed commitment with the Sky, and we know fans will enjoy watching this hard working team,” said Vice President and General Manager at WCIU-TV Robert Ramsey.

WCIU, The U can be seen over the air on WCIU-TV 26.1 or on XFINITY (check cable guide for channel position in your area), XFINITY HD 183, RCN 6, RCN HD 606, WOW 6, WOW HD 207, AT&T U-verse 10, AT&T U-verse HD 1010, DIRECTV HD 26 and  Dish Network 26. The U Too can be seen over-the-air on WCIU-DT 26.2 or on cable channels XFINITY 248/360, RCN 35 and WOW 170.

ESPN will televise the May 27 and Sept. 11 contests against Phoenix Mercury’s veteran All-Star Diana Taurasi and first overall draft pick Britney Griner. May 27 marks the first match up between Sky’s 2013 draft pick Elena Delle Donne and Griner. ESPN was also host of the 2013 WNBA Draft which aired live on prime time on April 15.

Brooke Weisbrod and Lisa Byington have joined the Sky’s broadcast team as color commentator and play-by-play announcer respectively. Weisbrod has worked as analyst and sideline reporter for ESPN since 2003. She has also called for the Big Ten Network and CBS. Byington, also from the Big Ten Network, has been a studio host and women’s basketball play-by-play announcer since 2007. The pair will call all WCIU, The U and The U Too telecasts as well as WNBA LiveAccess webcasts.

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