Sky Come Up Short

The Chicago Sky (4-1) dropped a hard fought battle 75-72 to the Minnesota Lynx (5-0) in a Memorial Day showdown between what were the WNBA's two remaining unbeaten teams at Allstate Arena on Monday afternoon.

When the WNBA's stingiest defense led by Chicago's Elena Delle Donne met the WNBA's highest scoring offense in Minnesota neither team was able to establish a rhythm early on. The two teams combined for just eight points in the game's first four minutes. The Sky's defense limited the WNBA's leading scorer, Maya Moore, to only four points in the quarter. The Sky led by three (19-16) after one quarter of play.

Minnesota came out in the second quarter much more assertive and used a 10-2 run to grab a 28-26 lead with just under six minutes left in the half. From there both teams traded baskets and a beautiful tip pass from Delle Donne to Breland cut the Lynx lead to 42-39 at halftime. Allie Quigley kept the Sky close with ten first half points off the bench, while neither Elena Delle Donne nor Maya Moore could get in a groove, combining for only 13 points in the first half.

The offense opened up for both teams as they started the third quarter. Maya Moore found her stroke, scoring six of the Lynx's first 12 points in the quarter. Jessica Breland recorded her third double-double of the season with 16 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds. The Sky's Jamierra Faulkner stepped up when Courtney Vandersloot found herself in early foul trouble, scoring seven points and dishing out five assists, both career highs for the rookie guard from Southern Mississippi. Minnesota led 61-56 after three quarters.

Elena Delle Donne came out aggressive to start the fourth quarter, scoring seven points to spur a 9-2 run that helped the Sky grab the lead (65-63) with five minutes left in the game. Delle Donne finished with 16 points and six rebounds. With 10 assists in the game, Courtney Vandersloot took over as the Sky's all-time career assists leader recoring 509 assists to date, passing Dominique Canty (507).

Seimone Augustus rallied her Lynx on a 12-4 run to open up a six-point Minnesota lead late in the fourth quarter. Augustus finished with 17 points and five rebounds. The Sky had an opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds but Delle Donne's three-point shot attempt rattled out rattled and the Lynx snuck away with a 75-72 victory.

"Holding Minnesota to 75 points when they average 90 you give yourself an opportunity to win," said Sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman. "We just didn't take advantage of the opportunity we presented ourselves with today."

Up next the Chicago Sky host the Connecticut Sun on Friday May 30th at 7:30pm at Allstate Arena. The Sky defeated the Sun 78-68 on May 21st in the teams' first meeting of the season.​