Updated: May 26, 2014 9:42PM
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 advantage of the opportunity we presented ourselves with today.”
While Moore was being limited, Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen scored 22 and Seimone Augustus added 17.
Delle Donne and Jessica Breland led the Sky with 16 points, and Allie Quigley had a career-high 15, but that wasn’t enough to defeat Minnesota
(5-0), which has won 13 in a row dating to last season and has a trio of stars in Moore, Augustus and Whalen that Chatman deemed “damn good.”
“They do have a lot of heads to the snake, which is why they’re such a great team, and not only that, but they’re a smart team,” Delle Donne said. “They make great reads, too, where they don’t just always have to run their offense. They just read off of one another.”
Maybe when Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince return, the Sky will get to that point. They’re close but not quite there yet.
“We’re a young team and I’m new here, and we’re just trying to get to know each other and build team chemistry,” Breland said. “I think this game is one of the games to help with that.”