There's no arguing that out of the 3 to see, Elena Delle Donne has had the most success. Since hitting the hardwood in Chicago, the rookie sensation has averaged 19.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. She's doing all of this while logging 32.7 minutes per game and sharing the court with greats like Sylvia Fowles, Swin Cash, and Epiphany Prince. She's even in the conversation for league MVP.
With the combined efforts of Delle-Done, Fowles, Prince, and Cash, the Chicago Sky have had a very successful year. Friday night's game against the Connecticut Sun was no exception.
The Sky started the game on a 12-0 run and never looked back. In that run, the Sky got buckets from Prince, Fowles, Cash, and Vandersloot. Not even a minute into the game, Prince was on the free throw line. She knocked down two free throws giving the Sky the first points of the game. Cash and Fowles followed with back to back baskets. Fowles then put in another shot to put the Sky up by eight. After a Sun timeout, Cash made two free throws. Vandersloot then hit a 20-foot jumper to cap off the 12-0 Sky run.
Behind four players in double figures, the Chicago Sky bested the Connecticut Sun by 13 points. Delle-Donne led all Sky players with 23 points, followed by Swin Cash with 19. Sylvia Fowles, the Sky's star center, chipped in with 14 points and 8 rebounds while Epiphany Prince added 11 points and 6 assists. Courtney Vandersloot had a good outing running the point for the Sky with 7 assists and 4 steals. These players led the Sky to their sixth win in the last seven games.
"Over the past years it's been frustrating," Fowles said when asked about the struggles Chicago has had in her first five seasons. "But it's always been fun. [This] has been one of the most fun years I've ever had." The five year veteran has had to endure many losses over the years and has struggled to get her team in position to make it to the playoffs. But now with players like Delle-Donne and Prince, Fowles finally has the supporting cast, if you will, that may just help her lead Chicago to their first WNBA title.
For the Connecticut Sun, Tina Charles showed why she's the reigning league MVP. With an impressive 29 points, she kept her team in striking position. But even with 13 points by fellow post player Mistie Bass, the Sun just didn't have enough offense to match the Sky. Four players were scorless in the loss and four more scored only in single digits. Allison Hightower and Kara Lawson scored 9 points each.
"Chicago came out aggressive," Charles shared. "They threw the first punch. We were just trying to get back into the game.
But the Sun couldn't find enough fight in them to get ahead. They fall to 3-9 on the year. Key injuries have played a part in the woes of a team that just the year before had won a playoff series. Reigning Sixth Woman of the Year Renee Montgomery has missed nine games because of a high ankle sprain. Kara Lawson was playing in her first game since June 16th. She's been out with a bruised knee. Tan White joins the injured list, missing the past eight games with a broken finger.
Connecticut is back in action Sunday the 14th at home against the San Antonio Silver Stars. The game is at 5 PM. The Chicago Sky have a few days off and will be returning to the court on July 18th to visit the New York Liberty for a matinee game at 11 AM. Both of these games can be seen on wnba.com through WNBA Live Access.