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Immediately after the clock expired in the Sky’s collapse against the Indiana Fever in the first round of the WNBA playoffs, Elena Delle Donne ran straight to her strength coach. Already looking ahead to next season, she asked, ‘‘When can I start lifting?’’ The WNBA Rookie of the Year never expected to be eliminated so quickly in the Sky’s first playoff appearance. ‘‘I wasn’t strong enough — my endurance wasn’t there,’’ she said. ‘‘I wasn’t able to play a full 40-minute game. . . . Now, if I wake up in the morning and I’m a little tired, I think back to … ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:40:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elena Delle Donne adjusting to her role as the face of the WNBA ]]> Lead story image

During her award-winning rookie season, it became clear early that Elena Delle Donne would rather talk about her teammates than herself. She’d go out of her way to praise Sylvia Fowles or Epiphanny Prince for how they were playing “Sky basketball.” Ask Delle Donne about herself and the answers would be polite but brief, and she’d quickly turn conversation back to her teammates. But this winter, Delle Donne has become the Sky’s focal point. While most of her teammates are playing overseas, Delle Donne turned down lucrative offers and stayed in the area to help promote the Sky brand. She’s … ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:49:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky’s Delle Donne devotes offseason to playing in U.S. ]]> Lead story image

Elena Delle Donne might seem crazy to turn down a six-figure salary. But the Sky’s leading scorer and WNBA Rookie of the Year said she knew before the start of the season that she wasn’t interested in playing overseas for a salary likely twice her WNBA salary. Instead, she chose to stay in the United States for the offseason to train, coach basketball camps and market her brand. “I’m turning down a lot of money to do this,” Delle Donne said. “But it’s also about enjoying yourself, being happy and having a passion for what you do. Being here and … ]]> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:45:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ice-cold Sky ousted from playoffs with 79-57 loss to Fever ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Tamika Catchings scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the defending champion Indiana Fever eliminated the Sky from the WNBA playoffs with a 79-57 victory Sunday. The Fever won the best-of-three series 2-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Erlana Larkins added 14 points and Shavonte Zellous 10 for the Fever, which will play the Atlanta Dream or Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the conference  finals Thursday. The Fever was the only team with a losing record to reach the playoffs, but it had the Sky’s number this season. Including the postseason, the Fever was … ]]> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:01:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky’s Game 1 loss spoils party for Fowles, Delle Donne ]]> Lead story image

The day began pleasantly enough. About an hour before its first-ever playoff game, the Sky revealed that Elena Delle Donne was unanimously voted WNBA rookie of the year and Sylvia Fowles was defensive player of the year. Then the game started. The top-seeded Sky was unable to slow the fourth-seeded, defending-champion Indiana Fever in an 85-72 loss in Game 1 of the best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinals. The Fever shot 10-for-16 from three-point range in its highest-scoring effort of the season. The Fever (17-18) shot 50.8 percent from the field to the Sky’s 41.4 percent after averaging 70.8 points and shooting … ]]> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:16:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky, Vandersloot ready for defending champs ]]> Lead story image

Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot knew from the first drills of training camp that this season would be much different. “We were really disappointed that we didn’t make the playoffs last year,” Vandersloot said. “We felt as if we should have been in, so the team’s mentality is a little different.” Vandersloot’s training-camp intuition proved correct. The Sky finished with the best regular-season record in franchise history (24-10) and secured home-court advantage for the team’s first-ever playoff berth. “We’re not surprised,” Vandersloot said. “This is what we expected.” Vandersloot, who was the third overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft, … ]]> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 23:04:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Saturday’s result: Lynx 79, Sky 66 ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 79-66 Saturday night in their final regular-season game to secure home-court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs. Lindsay Whalen added 23 points and Seimone Augustus had 14 for the Lynx (26-8), who have won eight of nine. Minnesota finished the season 15-2 at home. Janel McCarville grabbed 10 rebounds. Sylvia Fowles led Chicago with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Elena Delle Donne had 14 points. The Sky (24-10) lost for just the second time in 11 games and will be the top … ]]> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ View from top is a refreshing change for Sky ]]> Lead story image

Drake’s song “Started from the Bottom” might as well be the Sky’s theme song. When the Sky beat the New York Liberty 82-64 on Aug. 23 to clinch a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history, forward Tamera Young said she and her teammates all sang along to the song’s chorus that resonates deeply with the team’s eight-year journey to their first playoff berth. For Sky veterans such as Young and center Sylvia Fowles, sitting in the top spot couldn’t feel any sweeter. The Sky, which already had clinched the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, improved … ]]> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 23:47:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky clinches first-ever postseason berth with win over N.Y. ]]> Lead story image

Sylvia Fowles might have worn the biggest smile of all. The wait is over after eight years. The Sky clinched its first playoff berth in the team’s eight-year history by beating the New York Liberty 82-64 on Friday at Allstate Arena. Fowles has played six of those eight losing seasons with the Sky (19-8). “It feels good, just thinking about it from the first training camp and the first preseason game, knowing what you have around you, all these good players we’re surrounded by,” said Fowles, who scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. “[It’s] just making it … ]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:17:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Friday’s result: Sky 82, Liberty 64 ]]>

Sylvia Fowles scored 14 points to lead Chicago to an 82-64 win over the New York Liberty on Friday night in Rosemont, clinching the Sky’s first playoff berth in the team’s eight-year history. The Sky (19-8) have won four straight and six of seven, locking up their first winning record with a victory Tuesday at Washington. Chicago leads the Eastern Conference by 3Ω games over Atlanta, which lost 74-64 to Washington. Chicago led 38-33 at halftime and outscored New York 29-12 in the third quarter to take control of the game before resting its starters the entire fourth quarter. The … ]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:55:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Game has personal, playoff implications for Sky’s Tamera Young ]]> Lead story image

Sky forward Tamera Young’s tattoos say it all. ‘‘My tattoos, they tell a story,’’ she said. A pink ribbon spells ‘‘Hope’’ on the inside of her arm in honor of her aunt, Patricia Nichols, a breast cancer survivor, and her grandmother, Massie Young, who died of breast cancer when Tamera was 9. Young, who is the Sky’s spokeswoman for the Breast Health Awareness Game on Friday against the New York Liberty, said the game brings her full circle because Nichols, a Liberty season-ticket holder, inspired her WNBA dreams as a child. ‘‘She used to take me to the Liberty games, … ]]> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:38:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fowles leads Sky to 89-78 comeback win over Sun ]]> Lead story image

Sylvia Fowles made sure the Chicago Sky didn’t pay for a sluggish start Sunday. Fowles had 20 points and 21 rebounds to help the East-leading Sky rally from a 25-point deficit for an 89-78 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Connecticut scored the game’s first 15 points, capped by a desperation 3-pointer by Renee Montgomery with 4:35 left to beat the 24-second shot clock. Montgomery’s layup with 1:58 remaining in the first half gave the Sun a 43-18 lead. But the Sky outscored Connecticut 62-35 in the second half, taking their first lead with 2:48 left in the game on Epiphanny … ]]> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky beats Lynx in overtime behind Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles ]]> Lead story image

Elena Delle Donne’s impressive play is providing a big boost for the Sky. The Sky forward forced overtime with a clutch 3-pointer and closed with a career-high 32 points in a 94-86 victory over Minnesota in a matchup between conference leaders Sunday at Allstate Arena. Delle Donne had five points in overtime for East-leading Chicago (15-7) while Sylvia Fowles added 31 points, including six in the extra session. “Being down and to come back was incredible for us and many times before we haven’t been able to do that,” Delle Donne said. “To do that against the team with the … ]]> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 21:24:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Epiphanny Prince leads Sky to 77-61 road victory over Sun ]]> Lead story image

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — There was no way the Sky was going to lose three in a row. Epiphanny Prince scored 23 points and Elena Delle Donne had 19 to lead the Sky to a 77-61 victory against the Connecticut Sun on Friday night. Center Sylvia Fowles added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. The Eastern Conference-leading Sky (14-7) had lost their previous two games, both to the Indiana Fever, scoring just 58 points in both losses. “We want to stay at the top of the conference,” Prince said. “And we know that Atlanta is right behind us [at 11-6]. … ]]> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky struggles without Elena Delle Donne in loss to Fever ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Tamika Catchings had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead to lead the defending-champion Fever to a 79-58 win over the short-handed Chicago Sky on Saturday night. Karima Christmas scored 12 points, including two timely 3-pointers in the third quarter for the Fever (9-10). Catchings also had five steals and four blocked shots. “I thought we did a really good job as a team of just continuing to push forward no matter what,” Catchings said. “Offensively we were able to go off of our defense. That’s the kind of defense that we need consistently.” Courtney Vandersloot had 11 … ]]> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 07:10:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sylvia Fowles helps Sky put end to threat in win ]]> Lead story image

Sylvia Fowles came through with the big effort the short-handed Sky needed. The 6-foot-6 center had a season-high 32 points and 15 rebounds, and the Sky overcame the absence of injured leading scorer Elena Delle Donne to beat the Washington Mystics 85-78 on Friday night at Allstate Arena. “You know, she’s a beast,” Chicago coach Pokey Chatman said. “I call that her beast mode. ... Look at her toenail polish when you go in there (to the locker room). She’s got that Incredible Hulk Green on.” Fowles was the most visible player on the court, too. She went 10 for … ]]> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 06:17:45 -0500