Sky’s Second Weekend Win

The Sky held the Atlanta Dream to a season low 56 points, handing them just their second loss at home this season with a 67-56 victory Saturday night. The Sky now have a 4.5 game lead over the Dream with six games remaining. The Sky now have 20 wins on the season. With this win and the Indiana Fever’s loss to the Minnesota Lynx, the Sky have clinched home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

The Chicago Sky came out in the first quarter looking far from a team that played last night and didn’t arrive in Atlanta until early this morning. The Sky came out energetic, running and ready to play. With their adrenaline still pumping high after clinching a playoff berth, the Sky jumped out to an early eight-point lead in the first.

A 12-0 run to start the second quarter gave the Sky a 16 point lead, their largest of the game. Elena Delle Donne was a nightmare for the Dream defense, putting up 17 first half points showing off a number of different offensive maneuvers.

The Sky displayed their craftiness and athleticism in the third quarter as a no look pass from Courtney Vandersloot to a sprinting Sylvia Fowles found its way in the basket. Not long after, Delle Donne swatted away a layup drawing large gasps form the crowd. With Dream star Angel McCoughtry taking a break on the bench, Atlanta stepped up to pull out an 8-0 run to close in on the Sky. The Dream got to within two with one minute left in the quarter, but the Sky scored the next four points to head into the final quarter up six points.

With Fowles on the bench to start the fourth after getting a knee to the leg, the Dream got aggressive attacking the paint and getting to the free throw line. The gap closed to four points midway through the quarter, but Fowles was reinserted back in the lineup for the Sky providing them with a new spark. The Sky kept the Dream scoreless for nearly four and half minutes as they went on an 11-0 run to bring the Sky up 15 with 1:30 remaining. The Sky maintained to seal the victory.

Delle Donne led the Sky with a game high 25 points, adding eight rebounds and two blocks. Fowles recorded her 14th double-double this season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Sky outrebound the Dream 46-38, tying their season high.

The Dream were led by Angel McCoughtry’s 20 points. Erika de Souza recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game high 16 rebounds.

The Sky return home to Allstate Arena on Saturday, August 31 for a rematch with the Dream. Chicago looks to take the lead in the season series against Atlanta as the teams are split 1-1 a piece this year. The game can be seen on The UToo or WNBA’s LiveAccess at 7:00 pm CT.