Working on the right moves....Chicago Sky re-signs Quigley and Breland, adds veteran Pondexter

Working on the right moves....Chicago Sky re-signs Quigley and Breland, adds veteran Pondexter
The Chicago Sky's Allie Quigley deserved her 2015 Sixth Man Award

News from a very busy Chicago Sky offseason from the Sky’s press department:

Allie Quigley, the WNBA’s 2014 Sixth Woman of the Year, just signed a multi-year contract to remain with the Chicago Sky. Last season, Quigley came off the bench to help the Sky clinch its second playoff berth in franchise history and the 2014 Eastern Conference Championship.

Per team policy, contract terms were not disclosed.

“Allie’s shooting accuracy, combined with her improvement off the bounce was instrumental in our run for a title. I’m ecstatic to have another veteran presence, with an unmatched work ethic on board.”

Pokey Chatman, Chicago Sky Head Coach and General Manager, in a press announcement

Throughout 2014, Quigley set new career-highs and ranked in the top ten in the WNBA for free-throw percent (.879) and three-point percent (.387). Quigley’s career-highs set in 2014 included: field goal’s made (12) field goal’s attempted (22), three-point field goals made (3, five times) and points (27 at Atlanta on 7/13). The 5’10 guard averaged 24.8 minutes per game, doubling her career average in minutes played, and has more than doubled her career averages for points (11.2ppg, her previous high was 3.8 in 2013), rebounds (2.2rbg, her previous high was 0.8 in ’08 and ’09) and assists (1.9apg, her previous high was 0.6 in 2013).

Quigley had the year of her life in 2014 off the bench, leading the Sky in scoring during nine games. She also led the team in double-digit scoring performances, scoring in double figures on 21 occasions including two 20-plus point games (7/13 at Atlanta, 8/7 at Minnesota). Quigley appeared off the bench in 33-of-34 games for the Sky this season and earned the first start of her career on June 10 against Seattle.

The six-year pro was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois and graduated from DePaul University. After being selected by the Seattle Storm in the second round of the 2008 Draft, she played on four different teams before finding a home with the Chicago Sky in 2013. Currently, Quigley is playing for Wisla Can-Pack Krakow in the Polish League where she is averaging 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game alongside Sky teammate Courtney Vandersloot.

Quigley’s signing follows forward Jessica Breland’s deal to remain with the Chicago Sky through the 2015 season.  After coming to Chicago as a free agent prior to the start of the 2014 season, Breland appeared in 32 games, setting career highs in every statistical category. The 6’3 forward recorded four double-doubles through her first six games with Chicago while setting personal bests for steals (3), free throws (5-for-6) and rebounds (15). Breland’s strong play through May and June earned her a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, and her all-around efforts in July and August helped the Sky secure its second consecutive playoff berth.

Earlier in February, Chicago Sky  acquired the rights to Chicago native  and 10-year WNBA veteran guard Cappie Pondexter in exchange for All-Star Epiphanny Prince. Pondexter’s career averages of 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game will no doubt be an asset to the Sky. So will her leadership and experience.

WNBA All-Star and Chicago native Cappie Pondexter adds veteran leadership and depth to the Chicago Sky.

WNBA All-Star and Chicago native Cappie Pondexter adds veteran leadership and depth to the Chicago Sky.

In 2014, Pondexter averaged 13.2 points and 3.9 assists per game for the New York Liberty. After being selected by Phoenix with the second overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft, she played four seasons with the Mercury before she was sent to New York in a three-team trade on March 30, 2010.

She graduated from Illinois’ John Marshall High School, and was the first player in state history to be named Illinois Miss Basketball twice, earning the honor in 2000 and 2001.

Pondexter played for Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer at Rutgers University. She was a two-time WNBA Champion (2007, 2009) with the Phoenix Mercury, earning the WNBA Finals MVP in 2007. She is also a six-time WNBA All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014) and ranks fourth in WNBA history for both scoring average (19.2) and most 30-point games (20). A three-time All-WNBA First Team selection (2009, 2010, 2012), the 5-foot-9 guard became the 12th player in WNBA history with 5,000 career points and the second fastest player to ever reach this mark.

“I am thrilled to have one of the league’s most fierce competitors join our team. Cappie’s ability in the open court, half court, as well as on the defensive end of the floor, make us a better team. She’s an All-Star, a WNBA Champion and, simply put, a winner with a hunger for greatness that can galvanize a team in its pursuit of a championship.”

Chatman on Pondexter, in a press statement.

The Sky opens the 2015 Season on June 5 at Allstate Arena when they host the Indiana Fever in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. Prior to tip-off, the team will unveil its 2014 Eastern Conference Championship banner.

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