MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Napheesa Collier scored 27 points, the second most in WNBA history by a rookie in her debut, and the new-look Minnesota Lynx pulled away from the Chicago Sky in the second half...
Lynx assistant James Wade hired as Chicago Sky coach
NEW YORK (AP) — James Wade doesn't think Chicago is that far off from making a playoff run.
The longtime WNBA assistant was announced as the Sky's new coach and general manager on Tuesday.
"It's a great roster and great organization," Wade said in a phone interview. "They were looking for someone to take them to the next step. I felt like they brought me in to make the playoffs."
AP Source: Lynx assistant Wade hired as Chicago Sky coach
NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Lynx assistant James Wade has been hired to coach the Chicago Sky.
A person familiar with the situation confirmed the move on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.
Wade replaces Amber Stocks, who was let go after compiling a 25-43 record in two seasons with Chicago. The Sky didn't make the playoffs either year.
Chicago Sky fire Stocks as GM, head coach
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Sky fired Amber Stocks as general manager and head coach on Friday after a two-year tenure that included an overall record of 25-43 and no playoff appearances.
Fever snap 5-game skid, beat Sky 97-92 in finale
CHICAGO (AP) — Candice Dupree and Cappie Pondexter had 22 points each to help the Indiana Fever close the season with a 97-92 victory over the Chicago Sky on Sunday.
The Fever snapped a five-game losing to finish a WNBA-worst 6-28.
Kelsey Mitchell and Tiffany Mitchell added 14 points apiece for Indiana, and Natalie Achonwa had 11.
Vandersloot, DeShields help Sky beat Fever 115-106 in 2OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting and Courtney Vandersloot had 24 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to help the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 115-106 in double overtime Saturday.
Cheyenne Parker added 20 points, and Kahleah Cooper and Allie Quigley scored 12 apiece for the Sky (13-20).
Vandersloot sets a WNBA assist record, Sky beat Lynx 91-88
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left and broke the WNBA's single-season assists record, helping the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 91-88 on Tuesday night.
Vandersloot set the record on a no-look, one-handed pass in the third quarter that gave her 237 assists, breaking Ticha Penicheiro's mark set in 2000.
Rookie Diamond DeShields scored a season-best 28 points for Chicago (12-20). Vandersloot had 16 points and 10 assists.
Sun dominate glass, beat Sky 82-75
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Courtney Williams scored 22 points, Jonquel Jones added 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 82-75 on Sunday.
Chiney Ogwumike had 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Sun (18-13). Connecticut had 21 offensive rebounds and a 51-33 edge on the glass overall.
Moore scores 31, Lynx beat Sky 85-64 to snap 3-game skid
CHICAGO (AP) — Maya Moore scored 31 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 85-64 on Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak.
Minnesota started the second half on a 12-0 run for a 51-38 lead and outscored the Sky 29-15 in the third quarter. Chicago didn't make its first fourth-quarter field goal until the 5:28 mark.
McCoughtry scores 21, 2nd-place Dream top Sky 89-74
ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 21 points, Tiffany Hayes added 19 and the Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 89-74 on Friday night.
Atlanta closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run, for a 64-59 lead, and held Chicago to 4-of-17 shooting in the frame.
Hayes and Alex Bentley each made a 3-pointer on Atlanta's first two possessions of the fourth quarter for a 70-59 lead and the Dream led by at least seven points the rest of the way.
Chicago loses 24-point lead, rallies past Dallas 92-91
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Allie Quigley scored 22 points, Cheyenne Parker added 20, and the Chicago Sky blew a 24-point lead before rallying past the Dallas Wings 92-91 on Tuesday night.
Parker was left open inside to pull Chicago to 90-88 and after a Dallas miss, Diamond DeShields made a fast-break layup to tie it with 32.2 seconds to go.
PHOENIX (AP) — Rookie Diamond DeShields tied a season best with 25 points, Courtney Vandersloot had 17 points and 11 assists and the Chicago Sky beat the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 101-87 on Wednesday in the final game before the All-Star break.
Chicago led by 16 points early in the second half but Phoenix went on an 11-2 run to pull to 61-59. Chicago opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run, capped by DeShields' offensive rebound and layup, and led by double figures for the final four minutes.
Quigley tries to repeat as All-Star 3-point champion
NEW YORK (AP) — Allie Quigley will try to repeat as 3-point champion when she competes Saturday in the WNBA All-Star contest in Minneapolis.
The Chicago Sky guard is one of four All-Stars in the competition, joining Seattle's Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas' Kayla McBride and Washington's Kristi Toliver. The field also includes Indiana rookie Kelsey Mitchell and Atlanta's Renee Montgomery. The event will take place at halftime of the game at Target Center.
Parker leads Sparks over Sky 93-76
CHICAGO (AP) — Candace Parker had 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky 93-76 on Sunday.
Odyssey Sims and Essence Carson added 16 points each for the Sparks (15-10). It was Parker's eighth double-double of the season.
CHICAGO (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot became the seventh player to have a triple-double in WNBA history, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best 15 assists in the Chicago Sky's 114-99 victory over the Dallas Wings on Friday night.
Vandersloot set a franchise record with 10 first-half assists and tied her team mark of 14 midway through the third quarter. Ticha Penicheiro holds the league record with 16, which she accomplished twice — in 1998 and 2002.
Stewart, Loyd lead Storm past Sky 101-83
CHICAGO (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Jewell Loyd had 20 points, 10 boards and eight assists, and the league-leading Seattle Storm beat the Chicago Sky 101-83 on Wednesday.
Seattle topped the 100-point mark for the fourth time this season, setting a franchise single-season record.
Charles and Boyd help Liberty rout Sky 107-84
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Tina Charles and the New York Liberty see almost every game as a must-win after digging themselves a massive hole in the first half of the season.
Charles scored 21 points, and Brittany Boyd added 14 points and 10 assists to help the New York Liberty rout the Chicago Sky 107-84 on Sunday.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and rookie Ariel Atkins scored 25 points apiece to help the Washington Mystics beat the Chicago Sky 88-72 on Friday night.
It was a season high for Atkins, who hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and grabbed a career-best seven rebounds. Kristi Toliver scored 13 points and LaToya Sanders added 10 and eight boards for the Mystics (13-8).
Kayla McBride scores 18, Aces beat Sky 98-74
CHICAGO (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half to help the Las Vegas Aces take the season series against the Chicago Sky with a 98-74 win on Tuesday night.
The Aces (9-12) outscored the Sky 32-15 in the second quarter and closed the third with an 18-2 run to make it 76-50. The Sky (7-13) got the deficit no closer than 17 in the fourth.
CHICAGO (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 77-63 on Saturday night.
Allie Quigley added 15 points and four steals for Chicago (7-12), which snapped a three-game skid.
McBride leads Aces over Sky 84-80
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 28 points and the Las Vegas Aces pulled ahead of the Chicago Sky in the WNBA standings with an 84-80 win on Thursday night.
McBride's driving layup with 2:14 left made it 80-77, and the Aces (7-12) made 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch. A'ja Wilson was fouled on a putback and made 1 of 2 free throws to make it a two-possession game with 31.2 seconds left.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Liz Cambage scored a career-high 37 points and Skylar Diggins-Smith had 18 of her 20 points in the decisive third quarter to help the Dallas Wings beat the Chicago Sky 108-85 on Tuesday night.
It was the Wings' second-highest scoring output in franchise history.
Cambage shot 16 of 20 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Charles leads Liberty over Sky 97-94 in OT
CHICAGO (AP) — Tina Charles scored on a putback with 15.8 seconds left in overtime and the New York Liberty snapped a five-game skid with a 97-94 win over the Chicago Sky on Sunday.
Charles' basket made it 95-94 and Shavonte Zellous added a pair of free throws with less than a second left.
DeShields helps Sky hold off Liberty 103-99
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — After suffering through a rough part of their season, the Chicago Sky are starting to play well.
Diamond DeShields led a balanced offense with 22 points and the Sky beat the Liberty 103-99 on Friday night.
Courtney Vandersloot added 14 points and 11 assists for the Sky (6-9). They have won three straight since a six-game skid.
DeShields, Quigley help Sky beat Dream
CHICAGO (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored 23 points, Allie Quigley had 22 and the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 93-80 on Wednesday.
DeShields also had 11 rebounds to help Chicago (5-9) win its second straight after a six-game losing streak.
CHICAGO (AP) — Allie Quigley scored 20 points and hit a key basket late to help the Chicago Sky put away the Phoenix Mercury 97-88 on Sunday night.
Courtney Vandersloot grabbed the rebound off her own missed runner and passed out to Quigley, whose 3-pointer made it 94-82 with 52.3 seconds left. Vandersloot finished with 14 points and 12 assists for Chicago (4-9), which ended a six-game slide.
CHICAGO (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 22 of her 30 points in the first half in the Washington Mystics' 93-77 victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night.
Delle Donne added 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Kristi Tolliver scored 13 points — all in the first half — and Monique Currie added 11 for the Mystics (8-5).
Mystics beat Sky 88-60
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kristi Toliver had 19 points and eight assists to help the Washington Mystics beat the Chicago Sky 88-60 on Tuesday night.
The Mystics (7-5) opened the second half with a 17-2 run to go ahead 63-34 shortly after the midpoint of the third quarter. They extended to their largest lead at 86-53 in the middle of the fourth.
Elena Delle Donne added 14 points for Washington, which first pulled away in the second quarter with 13 straight points to lead by 16.
Sparks stay atop WNBA with 81-72 win over Sky
CHICAGO (AP) — Chelsea Gray scored 21 while Nneka Ogwumike added 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky 81-72 on Sunday night.
Candace Parker added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Sparks (8-2), who won their fourth straight and stayed atop the WNBA standings.
Storm score 31 points in 4th, rally past Sky 96-85
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored a season-high 30 points to help the Seattle Storm rally past the Chicago Sky 96-85 on Tuesday night.
Seattle trailed 73-59 late in the third quarter before hitting back-to-back 3-pointers. The Storm took a 77-75 lead amid a 12-0 run — with seven points from Stewart.
The Sky only scored two points in the final four minutes.
Candace Parker leads Sparks over Sky 77-59
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and blocked three shots to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the cold-shooting Chicago Sky 77-59 on Sunday.
The Sparks (5-2) never trailed and went on a 17-3 run starting late in the third quarter and extending into the fourth to build to their largest lead at 69-45.
Nneka Ogwumike added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Chelsea Gray scored 10 of her 15 points after the break for Los Angeles.
Griner, Mercury cruise to 96-79 win over Sky
PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 24 points and Diana Taurasi had 18 points and seven assists to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 96-79 on Friday night.
DeWanna Bonner added 13 points, Sancho Lyttle had 12, and Briann January 11 for Phoenix. The Mercury (6-4) have won four in a row following a three-game skid.
Parker, Faulkner help Sky rally, beat Aces 95-90
CHICAGO (AP) — Cheyenne Parker had 20 points and 13 rebounds — both career highs — and Jamierra Faulkner hit a late 3-pointer to help the short-handed Chicago Sky beat the Las Vegas Aces 95-90 on Sunday night.
Sun stay unbeaten with 110-72 win over Sky
CHICAGO (AP) — Jonquel Jones and Alex Bentley scored 20 points apiece to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 110-72 on Friday night.
Chiney Ogwumike added 17 points, Courtney Williams scored 15 and Alyssa Thomas had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Sun (4-0). Connecticut is off to its best start in franchise history.
SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 29 points and made four 3-pointers, Breanna Stewart added 28 points and the Seattle Storm overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Sky 95-91 in overtime Friday night.
Seattle trailed 80-66 with six minutes left in regulation but scored 13 of the next 15 points to pull to 82-79. Seattle was 2 for 18 from 3-point range until Loyd made 3s on back-to-back possessions to cut it to 86-85.
CHICAGO (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and the Atlanta Dream never trailed as they breezed to an 81-63 victory Wednesday over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday afternoon for their first victory of the season.
The Dream (1-1) recovered from a season-opening 101-78 drubbing against the Dallas Wings and maintained control of this game from start to finish.
Quigley scores 22 to help Sky beat Liberty 80-76
CHICAGO (AP) — Allie Quigley scored 15 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Sky beat the New York Liberty 80-76 on Sunday night.
It was the Sky's first game at the new Wintrust Arena.
Quigley, DeShields lead Sky over Fever 82-64
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Allie Quigley scored 19, Diamond DeShields added 18 points in her WNBA debut, and the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 82-64 in the season opener for both teams Saturday.
Chicago led 36-34 at halftime and held the lead throughout the second half. Indiana got within 58-54 on Erica Wheeler's driving layup with 7:19 left in the fourth quarter, but the Sky went on a 10-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.
Stewart scores 29 points, Storm rally past Sky 85-80
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, making two free throws with 15.6 seconds left for a three-point lead, and the Seattle Storm beat the Chicago Sky 85-80 on Sunday.
Seattle rallied to take a 79-78 lead with 3:11 left as Jewell Loyd's open 3-pointer from the corner capped a 9-0 run.
After Stewart's makes, Allie Quigley curled around a high screen but her long 3-pointer was off the mark. Seattle's Noelle Quinn sealed it by making two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.
Lynx reach 100 points for 3rd straight home game, top Sky
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 27 points and 12 rebounds for her 20th double-double, and the Minnesota Lynx topped 100 points for the third straight home game with a 110-87 victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night.
The Lynx set a WNBA record with 35 assists — without injured point guard Lindsay Whalen. They topped the 34 assists that both Los Angeles and Seattle had against Chicago earlier this season.
Wings beat Sky for 1st playoff spot since moving to Dallas
ROSEMONT, Illinois (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith had 28 points and eight assists and Glory Johnson added 25 points as the Dallas Wings secured a playoff spot with a 99-96 victory over the Chicago Sky.
It's the first playoff appearance for the franchise since moving to Dallas in 2016.
In the other game Wednesday, the Minnesota Lynx ensured a 25-win season for the sixth time in seven years and moved a game ahead of Los Angeles for the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with an 80-69 win over the Fever.
Wings beat Sky for 1st playoff spot since moving to Dallas
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith had 28 points and eight assists, Glory Johnson added 25 points, and the Dallas Wings secured a playoff spot with a 99-96 victory over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday night.
It's the first playoff appearance for the franchise since moving to Dallas in 2016.
Chicago's Courtney Vandersloot missed a scoop shot in the lane with 1:05 left in the game and the Sky didn't get the ball back until 7.1 seconds left.
Griner, Taurasi Mitchell lead Mercury past Storm 75-71
SEATTLE (AP) — Brittney Griner had 29 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, and Leilani Mitchell hit two late 3-pointers to help the Phoenix Mercury hold off the Seattle Storm 75-71 on Sunday night.
Diana Taurasi scored 18 points, and Mitchell finished with 11 for Phoenix (16-16). The Mercury clinched a playoff berth earlier Sunday when the Chicago Sky lost to the New York Liberty, 92-62.
Charles leads Liberty to eighth straight win
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles scored 22 points and New York cruised to a 92-62 win over the Chicago Sky on Sunday for the Liberty's eighth consecutive victory.
The win clinched at least the four-seed in the playoffs for New York (20-12), giving the team a first-round postseason bye. The Liberty are a half-game behind Connecticut for the third seed.
Jessica Breland leads balanced Sky past Sun, 96-83
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jessica Breland scored 15 points, Adut Bulgak added a career-high 14 points in her first game of the season, and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 96-83 on Friday night.
Chicago (12-18) ended a two-game losing streak to move within 1 1/2 games of Seattle and Dallas for the final playoff spot. Chicago hosts the Wings on Wednesday and plays at the Storm next Sunday in two of its final four games.
Connecticut (20-11) had won eight of its last nine games.
Sky tops Dream, Stars better Storm
ROSEMONT, Illinois (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot tied her career high of 26 points and Stephanie Dolson scored all of her 18 points in the second half to help the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 91-86 in the WNBA on Saturday.
Vandersloot added 10 assists and seven rebounds while Allie Quigley had 15 points, six assists and three blocks and Cappie Pondexter scored 12 points for Chicago (10-16).
Vandersloot, Dolson help Sky rally, beat Dream 91-86
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot tied her career high with 26 points and Stephanie Dolson scored all of her 18 points in the second half to help the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 91-86 on Saturday night.
Vandersloot added 10 assists and seven rebounds, Allie Quigley had 15 points, six assists and three blocks and Cappie Pondexter scored 12 points for Chicago (10-16).
Vandersloot’s double-double leads Sky past Fever 81-70
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot had 18 points and 10 assists for her third straight double-double and the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 81-70 on Friday night.
Vandersloot keyed Chicago's 14-0 run for a 70-58 lead with big plays on three straight possessions. She banked in a 3-pointer, made a no-look pass to Bashaara Graves for a layup and hit a pull-up jumper in transition.
Tina Charles, Kiah Stokes help Liberty top Sky 86-82
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Tina Charles had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Kiah Stokes added 10 points and 16 rebounds and the New York Liberty beat the Chicago Sky 86-82 on Sunday night.
Sugar Rodgers hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, Epiphanny Price scored 12 points, and Shavonte Zellous had 10 for New York (12-10). The Liberty, who have won four of five, shot a season-high 53.3 percent (8 of 15) from 3-point range.