Sky’s Dream Start Continues

Using an 11-4 run in the first three minutes, the Sky jumped to an early lead. The Sky made a concerted effort to feed the post enabling them to score 10 of their first 14 points in or around the paint. The Dream fought back, using an extended 16-8 run to take the lead before Allie Quigley nailed a deep triple to give the Sky a 22-20 at the end of the first quarter.

The pace of play seemed to frustrate the Sky as the Dream continued to push the ball up the court and score points in transition which gave them a two point lead halfway through the second quarter. The Sky managed to regain a lead heading into the half behind 9 points in the from Elena Delle Donne and a strong first half for rookie Markeisha Gatling, who finished with 10 points and five rebounds.

Midway through the third quarter the Sky found a combination that Atlanta was unable to stop. With Vandersloot running the point and Quigley and Clements on either wing spotting up for jump shots the Sky offense was able to take advantage of what the defense threw at them. A three-pointer from the wing by Quigley pushed the Sky’s lead to nine and after three quarters, the Sky led 65-57.

Quigley was hot in the fourth, scoring seven quick points to start the quarter. The Sky ultimately finished the game with five players in double digits.

“I thought the bench came in and did a really good job,” said Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. “They got the game ball tonight.“

Gatling, Quigley and Clements contributed 33 points off the bench. Courtney Vandersloot recorded her first double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 assists. Elena Delle Donne kept her streak of 20+ point games going, scoring a game high 27 points.

Up next for the Sky is a Memorial Day matinee matchup with the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx, led by league-leading scorer Maya Moore, on Monday May 26, at 2:30pm at Allstate Arena. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. Click here to get your tickets now!