CHICAGO – The Chicago Sky (2-2) notched their second win in nine days against the Seattle Storm (3-3) with a 78-71 victory at Wintrust Arena. The Sky led wire to wire as they once again held the Storm to under 40 percent from the field and just 16.7 percent (3-18) from three-point range. Cheyenne Parker led the Sky with 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, including six offensive boards.
Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot, who combined for 35 points in the teams’ first meeting, tallied nine early points for the Sky with success from deep, but it was Chicago’s frontcourt that pushed the Sky’s lead to as many as 26 points in the second quarter. Sparked by Natasha Howard’s driving layup at the 6:54 mark, the Storm responded with a 17-1 run to get within 10 points of Chicago entering the break.
Coming out of the locker room, Jewell Loyd scored seven points and tallied two steals as Seattle found its rhythm defensively, collecting 12 points off eight turnovers in the third quarter. Chicago center Stefanie Dolson picked up her fourth personal foul at the 5:25 mark and went to the bench with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Despite a 9-0 Chicago run early in the fourth quarter, Seattle cut the deficit to single digits with under three minutes to play; however, Storm ran out of time to complete the comeback.
KEY STATS OF THE GAME
- The Sky outrebounded the Storm, 45-22. The 22 rebounds tied Seattle’s lowest mark of the season (also 5/29 at Minnesota).
- Cheyenne Parkerrecorded the fifth double-double of her career with a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
- Illinois native Jewell Loyd finished the night with a season-high 20 points, dishing four assists and collecting four steals.
- Natasha Howardhad her third 20-point game of the season, finishing with 20 points and five rebounds. She posted 16 points (6-12 FG) in the first half but was held to only four points (2-6 FG) after the break.
- In her second start of the season (and first appearance against the Sky), Alysha Clarkfinished with seven points and four blocks. While she was on the floor, the Storm outscored the Sky by 13 points.
- Blake Dietrickmade her 2019 debut with Seattle coming off the bench in the 1:09 mark of the third quarter.
- The Sky got off to scorching start, shooting 63.2% from the field and 50% from behind the arc in the first quarter.
- Stefanie Dolsonscored a season-high 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
- Cheyenne Parker and Kahleah Coppershot 11-for-22 as the Sky bench outscored the Storm reserves, 35-9.
The Storm continues its road trip against the Indiana Fever on Tuesday, June 11 at 4 p.m. PT. Seattle then moves on to Washington, D.C. for a Finals rematch against the Mystics, Friday, June 14 at 4 p.m. PT.