In her 10th WNBA season, Allie Quigley has embraced her role as a veteran leader for the Chicago Sky.
“I know with that experience and number of years in the league, I’ve just been giving pointers to some of the younger players,” Quigley said. “Trying to be that calm for everyone is something I need to focus on.”
The Sky are in the midst of a youth movement, with three rookies in Diamond DeShields, Gabby Williams, and Alaina Coates being a vital part of the Chicago rotation early on in their young careers.
“I think right away coming into this year I knew we were young,” Quigley said. “From the get go [they] have been tremendous for us. They’ve brought a lot of energy, athleticism and just that athletic youth you need on the team.”
Not to be overshadowed, Quigley’s production has seen a noticeable increase the past two seasons – particularly from behind the three-point arc.
“I think just as you get older, the more and more you see what your strength is,” Quigley said on adapting her game to the current trend of three-pointers in the WNBA. “Mine has been shooting the three-pointer, so [for me] just go closer to that, closer to your strength.”
Quigley honed that strength, making a career-high 77 threes (2nd most in the WNBA) and attempting a career-high 179 three-pointers last season, en route to being named a WNBA All-Star for the first time. For context, the most threes Quigley hit in a season prior to 2017 was 41 in 2014 and the most triples Quigley attempted in a season prior to 2017 was 106 in both 2014 and 2015.
Quigley had the opportunity to showcase her marksmanship at Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, and she did not disappoint, putting up a legendary showing at the Three-Point Contest, making 19 of her 25 attempts in the final round to win the contest.
“Just got to keep practicing,” Quigley said on how she’s worked on her game from deep. “Just got to keep shooting every single day, study how teams are guarding you, what they take away from you, what they give you and just keep those in mind when you’re playing the game.”
This season has been more of the same behind the arc for Quigley. She is currently tied for 2nd in 3-pointers made per game with 2.2, currently has the fourth-most triples in the WNBA with 47, and is on her way to her 2nd straight All-Star Game.
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The Sky currently sit 5 games out of a playoff spot, and Quigley knows that consistency is key to gaining ground in the postseason chase.
“We just have to find a way to play a little bit more consistent for 40 minutes,” Quigley said. “We’ll have a good half, a good quarter but there’s always that one quarter where we kind of just fall apart, so we have to work more on being consistent.”