Vandersloot Assists Sky Past Dream

The win marked the Sky's first playoff win in franchise history and gave the Sky a 1-0 lead in its best of three Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Atlanta Dream.

"Their defense got us out of the play that we were supposed to run and at that point it was just the shot clock winding down," said Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot recapping the final possession of the game. "We had to make a play and luckily they don't leave Sylvia so I had the space to knock down the shot."

After being inserted back into the starting lineup for the first time since June 25, Elena Delle Donne found her rhythm early. Delle Donne delivered five quick points and Allie Quigley added six off the bench to pace the Sky but the Dream led 23-18 after the first quarter.

Chicago increased the defensive pressure to start the second and held the Dream to just 14 points in the quarter as they erased a 12-point deficit. Delle Donne led the Sky with nine points in the quarter propelling the Sky to an 11-2 run to close the half within one point, 37-36.

The Sky scored five unanswered points early in the second half to regain the lead for the first time since the start of the game. Delle Donne and Vandersloot each contributed seven points in the third to keep the Sky within striking distance. The Dream led narrowly 58-57 after three.

Chicago used a 7-2 run with just under five minutes remaining in the fourth to develop a momentum that would carry them through the end of the game. With the score deadlocked 77-77 with just under a minute remaining, Sylvia Fowles and Elena Delle Donne put up a wall in the lane to prevent an Erika de Souza layup. With time winding down in the fourth, Vandersloot nailed a go-ahead jumper to give the Sky an 80-77 victory in Atlanta.

Delle Donne led the Sky with 21 points while Fowles contributed a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. All five Sky starters turned in double-digit scoring performances as Prince scored 14 points and Young added 12. McCoughtry paced the Dream with 24 points.

The Sky will return home with an opportunity to close out the series at Allstate Arena on Sunday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. CT. The game will air on ESPN 2. The final game in the series, if needed, will be held in Atlanta on Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. CT. To purchase tickets to see the Sky in the playoffs call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit chicagosky.net.