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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 <![CDATA[ Sylvia Fowles, Elena Delle Donne expected back for Sky ]]> Lead story image

The Sky haven’t been whole all season. Whether it has been center Sylvia Fowles sitting out after having offseason hip surgery, forward Elena Delle Donne missing games after a flare-up of Lyme disease or guard Epiphanny Prince being absent for personal reasons, the Sky haven’t had their complete roster together at any point. That should change Wednesday. Fowles and Delle Donne are expected to start when the Sky (6-7) open a five-game road trip against the Connecticut Sun. The Sky went 1-4 without Delle Donne, who is averaging 22.3 points, and they haven’t had Fowles at all,  depriving them of … ]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:35:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Slumping Sky fall in overtime to Shock 105-99 ]]> Lead story image

The 2014 season has been anything but easy for the Sky. Their three best players haven’t played together yet, and their 5-1 start is a distant memory. And more difficulty might be on the way. After leading by 12 points in the second half Sunday, the Sky lost 105-99 in overtime to the Tulsa Shock at Allstate Arena. A three-point play by the Shock’s Glory Johnson with 19.7 seconds left in regulation tied the score, and the Sky’s Epiphanny Prince missed a potential game-winning shot with 0.9 seconds left. The Shock took the lead for good on a three-pointer by … ]]> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:03:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky falls to Fever without Delle Donne ]]>

If the Sky are going to win without Elena Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles, they’ll have to rebound, control the paint and get to the free-throw line. They didn’t do enough of those things in their 83-75 loss Friday to the Indiana Fever at Allstate Arena. Playing their fourth consecutive game without Delle Donne, who is suffering from a flare-up of Lyme disease, the Sky were outrebounded 36-26 (they had only three offensive rebounds) and gave up 44 points in the paint. The Sky went to the free-throw line only 16 times (they made seven), while the Fever shot 28-for-35 … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:16:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky top Liberty 105-100 in OT ]]> Lead story image

Epiphanny Prince sat quietly in the Sky locker room after their 105-100 overtime win Wednesday against the New York Liberty. Seated in front of her corner stall, Prince made it clear how much the win meant to the Sky, who snapped a four-game losing streak. ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:51:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Without Elena Delle Donne, Sky loses to Storm ]]> Lead story image

About an hour before the Sky’s 80-76 loss to the Seattle Storm, it became apparent star Elena Delle Donne wasn’t playing. The numbers of the Sky’s starters were displayed on auxiliary scoreboards at Allstate Arena, and Delle Donne’s 11 wasn’t there. Then, Delle Donne wasn’t on the court for pregame warmups. She finally emerged from the locker room briefly before the game but in street clothes as she battles a recurrence of the Lyme disease she was diagnosed with during her sophomore year at the University of Delaware. “I’ve had better days,” Delle Donne said. Delle Donne is averaging 22.3 … ]]> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:42:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hobbling Candace Parker lights up Sky as Sparks win 102-88 ]]> Lead story image

Candace Parker has had easier nights. Hampered by a twisted left ankle, Parker didn’t start Friday but still scored 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting in almost 22 minutes. That said, things could be a lot worse for the Naperville Central grad and reigning WNBA MVP, whose Los Angeles Sparks bounced the Sky 102-88 at Allstate Arena. In December, Sparks owner Paula Madison effectively gave up control of the team and returned it to the league. There was speculation the franchise would be bought by the Golden State Warriors and moved to the Bay Area or perhaps fold if nothing materialized. … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 06:27:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky drop first game, fall 75-72 to Lynx ]]> Lead story image

The Sky had their chances to stay undefeated and hand the Minnesota Lynx their first loss. They didn’t take advantage, though, and fell 75-72 to the defending WNBA champions. Elena Delle Donne’s potential game-tying off-balance three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left rimmed out, and the Sky (4-1) lost Monday despite holding the Lynx 15 points below their average and holding Maya Moore to 14 — almost 20 below her average of 33.8. “I think when you’re holding Minnesota to 75 points when they’re averaging 90, you give yourself an opportunity to win,” Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. “We just didn’t take … ]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 21:42:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky stay unbeaten behind Elena Delle Donne’s 27 points ]]>

Coach Pokey Chatman and Elena Delle Donne really like where the Sky are. That doesn’t mean they’re ready to celebrate anything. After their 87-73 victory Saturday night over the Atlanta Dream, the Sky are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history and are overcoming the absences of Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince better than anybody expected. But after her 27-point performance, Delle Donne wasn’t putting too much meaning in the undefeated start. “It’s great,’’ Delle Donne said. ‘‘Obviously, we’re thrilled to be 4-0, but it’s early, and it’s only four wins, so we have to continue to get better. … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:49:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elena Delle Donne scores 21 to keep Sky unbeaten ]]> Lead story image

Sky coach Pokey Chatman doesn’t have a lot of familiar faces she can turn to early in the season. She does have Elena Delle Donne and Courtney Vandersloot, and they kept the Sky undefeated. Delle Donne scored 21 points and Vandersloot had 18 points and seven assists in the Sky’s 78-68 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Delle Donne and Vandersloot were the only players Wednesday who started in the team’s last playoff game in 2013, and they helped the Sky (3-0) withstand a rally that cut a 19-point halftime lead to six in the fourth quarter. “It’s huge,” Chatman said. … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:40:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Delle Donne leads Sky past the Sun ]]> Lead story image

Sky coach Pokey Chatman doesn’t have a lot of familiar faces she can look to early in the season. She does have Elena Delle Donne and Courtney Vandersloot, and they kept the Sky undefeated. Delle Donne scored 21 points and Vandersloot had 18 and seven assists in the Sky’s 78-68 win Wednesday over the Connecticut Sun. Delle Donne and Vandersloot were the only starters who opened their playoff finale last year, and both allowed the Sky (3-0) to withstand a Connecticut rally that cut a 19-point halftime lead to six in the fourth quarter. “It’s huge,” Chatman said. “[Vandersloot] is … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:18:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sky beat Liberty behind Elena Delle Donne’s 23 points ]]>

NEW YORK — Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points and the Chicago Sky spoiled the New York Liberty’s return to Madison Square Garden with a 79-65 win Saturday night. Jessica Breland added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points for the Sky (2-0). The Liberty had played their home games the past three seasons in New Jersey while MSG underwent a $1 billion transformation. The game marked the home debut for Liberty center Tina Charles, who the Liberty acquired in a blockbuster draft night trade with the Connecticut Sun. The New York native had 15 points … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:06:05 -0500