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Allie Quigley takes big step up for Sky

INDIANAPOLIS IN - JULY 17: Allie Quigley #14 Chicago Sky handles ball against IndianFever July 17 2014 Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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Updated: August 6, 2014 9:18PM

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.

‘‘She has been phenomenal for us,’’ Delle Donne said. ‘‘She really gets us going, and I feel like when we need a point or a big defensive stop that she comes up with it. She is awesome for us.’’

Shipp’s struggles

Rookie midfielder Harry Shipp has been a bright spot in a disappointing season for the Fire. He has six goals and five assists, but it looks as though he is starting to hit the rookie wall.

Shipp hasn’t scored a goal since July 2 and has only one assist since May 10. Coach Frank Yallop kept Shipp out of the starting lineup the last two games because he didn’t want to disrupt a lineup he liked and because of Shipp’s fatigue.

‘‘He’s taken more photographs now than he ever did, and everyone’s filming him,’’ Yallop said Saturday. ‘‘That wears on you. Once he gets back to playing soccer, he’ll be OK. He’s just a little tired right now.’’

Shipp and teammate Chris Ritter played in the Homegrown Game on Monday in Portland, Ore.

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