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The Sky had the advantage they had wanted all season. All they needed was one victory on their home court and they would get their first playoff series victory and move on to the Eastern Conference finals. But because of Angel McCoughtry, a third-quarter dry spell and generally a night to forget, the Sky will have to win again on the road to prolong their season. McCoughtry scored 39 points, and the Atlanta Dream won 92-83 on Sunday at Allstate Arena in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Dream took control in the third quarter, when the … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:18:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky eyeing spot in Eastern Conference finals ]]> Lead story image

The Sky are in an unfamiliar position entering Game 2 of their best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinal series Sunday against the Atlanta Dream: They have the upper hand. After their 80-77 victory Friday in Game 1 in Atlanta, the Sky can close out the Dream at Allstate Arena and advance to their first conference finals, where they would play the Indiana Fever. Considering everything they’ve been through this season, having an advantage isn’t something the Sky are used to. But coach Pokey Chatman is confident they’ll respond to the somewhat-unusual circumstances. ‘‘I think with so much  adversity during the year, we … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:33:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky ready to tip off postseason ]]> Lead story image

When the Sky entered the WNBA playoffs last season, they hadn’t faced much adversity. Boosted by rookie star Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince, the Sky went 24-10 and breezed to the best record in the Eastern Conference. But they fell behind the experienced Indiana Fever by 13 points at halftime of their playoff opener, never recovered from the first real challenge they faced and eventually were swept out of the postseason. The Sky haven’t lacked adversity or challenges this season. And they’re confident that will help them when they face the Atlanta Dream in the best-of-three Eastern … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:36:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fourth-place Sky to play Dream in playoffs ]]>

Now the Sky can start over. And after the trying regular season they endured, they’re welcoming the opportunity. The Sky lost 84-72 to the San Antonio Stars in the regular-season finale Sunday, falling to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They open their best-of-three conference semifinal Friday at the Atlanta Dream and will host Game 2 on Sunday. Though some won’t expect the Sky (15-19) to advance past the Dream, the only Eastern Conference team with a winning record (19-15), the challenge is preferable to what the Sky have dealt with for most of the season. At least … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:18:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky falls to Fever 71-67; regular-season finale today ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — With a chance to improve their seeding for the playoffs, the Indiana Fever jumped out to a big early and then had to hold off the Sky. Tamika Catchings scored 25 points and Briann January added 14 to help the Fever beat the Sky 71-67 Saturday night, securing the No. 2 seed and home-court advantage in the first round. Indiana (16-17) shot 66.7 percent during the first quarter to take an 18-point lead before finishing the period up 32-16, marking its highest first-quarter scoring total this season. “I am really proud of our team with the way we … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky relishes playoff spot after season of obstacles ]]> Lead story image

Sky coach Pokey Chatman and some of her staff were at a going-away dinner for another staff member Thursday night when the Indiana Fever played the New York Liberty. A loss by the Liberty would clinch a Sky playoff berth, but Chatman and her staff tried to stay off their phones and away from instant updates. No matter, because soon after the Fever’s 76-63 win sent the Sky back to the playoffs, Chatman got text messages and tweets congratulating her. The group went to get a celebratory drink after dinner. A New Orleans jazz band was playing as they walked … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:11:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Allie Quigley takes big step up for Sky ]]> Lead story image

Guard Allie Quigley hasn’t played a bigger role for the Sky than she has this season. The Sky has been hit by injuries, illnesses and other absences, but Quigley has been a constant. The former DePaul star has played in all 29 games and is averaging career highs of 10.3 points and 24.1 minutes for the Sky, who have won three consecutive games and are tied for third place in the Eastern Conference at 13-16. Quigley scored 17 points in the Sky’s 82-66 road victory Tuesday against the Connecticut Sun.  She also earned the praise of teammate Elena Delle Donne. … ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:18:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky top Dream to stay in thick of playoff hunt ]]>

Despite battling injuries and illness all season, the Chicago Sky remain in the playoff hunt with three regular-season games left. Allie Quigley scored 17 points and the Chicago Sky prevented the Atlanta Dream from clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference with an 80-69 victory on Sunday night at Allstate Arena. The Sky are tied for third place in the East. The top four conference teams qualify for the playoffs. “We know despite all the people in and out of the lineup, injuries, people coming back, we believe we still have a huge opportunity to have some success,” Sky … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:42:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Epiphanny Prince leads Sky past Sun 82-66 ]]> Lead story image

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Epiphanny Prince had 20 points and six assists, leading the Chicago Sky to an 82-66 victory against the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night. Reserve Allie Quigley scored 17 and Sylvia Fowles added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago (13-16). Elena Delle Donne finished with 15 points. The Sky moved into a tie for third in the Eastern Conference with the win and losses by the New York Liberty and Indiana Fever. Rookie Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and six rebounds for the Sun (11-19). Kelsey Bone added 14 points and eight rebounds. Connecticut rookie Chiney Ogwumike … ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:14:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elena Delle Donne scores 21 points in Sky’s victory vs. Mystics ]]> Lead story image

What Sky coach Pokey Chatman saw in a 76-65 victory Sunday against the Washington Mystics at Allstate Arena was the team she had been looking for all season. She witnessed Sylvia Fowles control the paint, Elena Delle Donne stretch the defense and the rest of the team contribute in meaningful ways. Even better for the Sky, they delivered that performance in a game they badly needed to win. With Fowles and Delle Donne playing together for only the third time this season, the Sky (12-16) stayed a half-game behind the New York Liberty in the battle for the final playoff … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 22:51:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elena Delle Donne returns as Sky top Liberty ]]> Lead story image

The Sky got their best player back and kept their season alive. Thursday night wasn’t bad for the Sky, who beat the New York Liberty 87-74 at ­Allstate Arena. Elena Delle Donne played for the first time since June 25 and scored 10 points in 10:38 of action. Delle Donne, who came off the bench and checked in for the first time with 3:09 left in the opening quarter, had missed the Sky’s last 12 games and 17 of the previous 18 because of a flare-up of Lyme disease symptoms and started slowly, going scoreless while playing 5:16 of the … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:39:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hot Mercury push Sky’s losing streak to four ]]>

The Phoenix Mercury scored a season-low and shot a season-worst 37.3 percent. They still won. The Mercury overcame an off shooting night and 17 turnovers to beat struggling Chicago Sky 72-66 on Friday night and extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games. “Sometimes you have to win ugly,” coach Sandy Brondello said. “That was probably our worst performance of the year. You give credit to Chicago — they were way more aggressive, getting in passing lanes and taking us out of stuff we wanted to do. We struggled, but we just dug deep.” After trailing by as many as … ]]> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:02:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky fails to get on track against Mystics ]]>

Regardless of whether Elena Delle Donne returns anytime soon, the Sky have big problems to resolve. Some of the issues led to another defeat in what has been a trying season as the Sky lost 72-65 to the Washington Mystics on Wednesday at Allstate Arena. The Sky (8-11) shot a season-low 31.3 percent, allowed the Mystics (8-12) to score 16 second-chance points and gave them 23 free-throw attempts, many of the fouls being committed on long jumpers. The latter two especially bothered coach Pokey Chatman, whose team lost for the 10th time in its last 13 and already has one … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:07:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky star Elena Delle Donne out indefinitely with Lyme disease ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne won’t be in the lineup against the New York Liberty on Friday night, sidelined indefinitely with a recurrence of Lyme disease. The team announced Friday afternoon at shoot-around that Delle Donne had returned home to Delaware. The reigning rookie of the year missed five games this month because of the disease before playing against Connecticut on Wednesday. She scored 13 points in the loss, but said she wasn’t feeling well after the game. “It’s extremely frustrating for her, obviously physically, but it takes a mental toll as well,” Sky coach Pokey … ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky fall to Storm ]]>

SEATTLE — Sue Bird scored eight straight points late in the fourth quarter to help the Seattle Storm beat the Sky 80-73 on Saturday night. Bird and Crystal Langhorne each scored 19 points for the Storm (8-12). Camille Little, returning to action after missing Seattle’s loss to Los Angeles on Thursday night because of a death in her family, added 18 points. Bird’s scoring run included a 20-footer with 2:48 remaining that snapped the 11th and final tie, giving Seattle a 73-71 lead. Jessica Breland scored 20 points for the Sky (8-10), who again played without star forward Elena Delle … ]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:59:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jamierra Faulkner scores 27 as Sky beat Sparks 90-83 ]]>

LOS ANGELES — Jamierra Faulkner scored a season-high 27 points and Epiphanny Prince had 15 to help the Sky beat the Los Angeles Sparks 90-83 on Tuesday night. Faulkner scored 17 points in the second half, including a jumper at the top of the key with 53 seconds remaining to give the Sky an 80-75 lead. The Sparks missed their next two shots and Prince, who had all of her points in the second half, made five free throws in the final 36 seconds as Chicago (8-8) ended a six-game losing streak in Los Angeles. Nneka Ogwumike had 26 points … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:26:00 -0500