SKY STOPPED BY FEVER

With a playoff spot clinched for the second consecutive season, the Chicago Sky (15-18) traveled to Indianapolis to battle the Indiana Fever (16-17) for the second-to-last game of the regular season. The Fever escaped with a 71-67 victory to clinch the number two seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

"They came out off the bat really great," said Sky guard/forward Elena Delle Donne. "We knew they were going to have energy with it being Coach Dunn's last regular season game."

In Lin Dunn's final home game, the Fever came out strong, hitting 16 of their 21 shots to gain a 32-16 advantage after the first quarter. Epiphanny Prince scored six of the Sky's first quarter points.

Chicago held the Fever to only 12 points in the second quarter. Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot returned to the floor for the first time since spraining her MCL on June 27th. The Sky point guard added a spark to Chicago's offense, scoring four points in the second quarter as the Sky trailed 44-31 at the half.

Chicago started out the second half with a strong defensive presence. The Sky forced six Indiana turnovers in the third quarter, resulting in transition baskets. Elena Delle Donne and Allie Quigley combined for 12 points in the quarter as the Sky outscored the Fever 21-10 to cut the lead to two points (54-52) after three quarters. Tamika Catchings took control in the fourth quarter to lead the Fever to a 71-67 win. Delle Donne finished with 14 points and three blocks while Allie Quigley led the Sky with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Chicago plays San Antonio on Sunday. If Chicago wins, the Sky will be the No. 3 seed. If the Sky loses, Washington will be the No. 3 seed. Playoffs dates and times will be announced tomorrow, August 17. The game will be broadcast on The U Too. After the final buzzer, the Sky will honor their fans with several Fan Appreciation events including an autograph session with the players on the court.