Sky Drop Nail-Biter At Minnesota

The game featured Chicago (13-17) battling to secure a playoff spot in the packed Eastern Conference while Minnesota (24-6) continued their hunt for the number one seed in the Western Conference.

In a low-scoring first half, both teams combined for only 54 points. With Sylvia Fowles in early foul trouble, the Sky struggled to find their stroke offensively, shooting 25% from the field in the first quarter. Minnesota held a 17-11 lead after one. Jessica Breland and Allie Quigley kept the Sky in the game, scoring 18 of Chicago's 24 points through the second quarter.

Both Chicago and Minnesota struggled to put the ball in the basket, combining to score on less than 29% of the shots taken in the first half. Quigley led all scorers in the first half with 10 points, as the Lynx carried a 30-24 advantage into the break.

The Sky scored nine unanswered points to start the second half, led by Epiphanny Prince who scored 11 points in the quarter on 5-of-6 shooting to help the Sky take a 46-44 lead into the fourth. Prince finished the game with 18 points, four assists and five rebounds.

There were multiple lead changes in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Chicago led 64-63 with 2:05 remaining but went scoreless in the final two minutes as Minnesota escaped with the 74-64 victory.

"We played 36-38 minutes of good basketball and the last 2 minutes we just didn't execute," said Sky guard Allie Quigley. "Against that team (Minnesota) you can't play anything less than 40 minutes."

Allie Quigley scored seven points in the fourth, and finished with 20 points to lead all scorers. The Sky held Lynx guard Maya Moore to 17 points, seven below her season average.

Up next, the Sky return home to battle the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Dream on Sunday, August 10 at 5 p.m. CT. Sunday's game marks Chicago's "Hoops for Troops" night where the Sky will honor all former and active duty military personnel. Also, Sky guard Jamierra Faulkner will receive her college diploma from the University of Southern Mississippi during a special halftime presentation. For tickets to see the Sky take on the Dream call 866.SKY.WNBA or click here.