Sky Block Sun
The Chicago Sky returned to Allstate Arena today in a matinee matchup against the Connecticut Sun in the inaugural School Day Field Trip Game. The Sky (3-0) continued their winning streak with a 78-68 victory over the Connecticut Sun (0-3).
Chicago got off to their second quick start in a row, jumping out to an 11-6 lead only three and a half minutes into the game. Guard Courtney Vandersloot scored five of the Sky’s first 11 points and finished the first quarter with 7 points. Sky players were aggressive attacking the basket putting the Sun in the foul bonus with over five minutes left in the first quarter. Katie Douglas had 7 points of her own to keep the Sun close as the Sky led 24-18 after the first quarter. Douglas finished with 14 points.
The Sky kept the heat on the Sun, opening the second quarter on an 11-4 run to push their lead to thirteen halfway through the second quarter. Delle Donne led the Sky’s surge, scoring 8 points in the quarter as the Sky entered halftime with a commanding 45-26 lead. Vandersloot tossed in 5 points to push her point total to 12, tying a season high, in the first half.
Both teams struggled offensively for the first seven minutes of the third quarter. The action picked up late in the third quarter as the Sun used a 12-4 run to cut the Sky lead down to single digits. Courtney Vandersloot, who seemed to have injured herself midway through the quarter, was able to shift the momentum when she returned to the floor and helped the Sky rebuild a thirteen-point lead, 59-46 after three quarters.
The Sun used another extended run, this time 13-5 through the middle of the fourth quarter, to cut the Sky lead down to six, 68-62. That was the closest the Sun managed to pull within. The Sky tightened up their defense only allowing 6 points over the final 4:23 of the game to won their third straight game, and second by a double-digit margin. Three Sky players scored in double figures, paced by Delle Donne’s 21 points. Jessica Breland recorded her second straight double double with 14 points and 15 rebounds to set a new career-high.
The Chicago Sky return to action on Saturday, May 24 at 7pm as they take on the visiting at Allstate Arena for Faith and Family Night.