Angel McCoughtry scores 22 as Dream beat Sky in OT

Angel McCoughtry scores 22 as Dream beat Sky in OT

ATLANTA — Angel McCoughtry made two free throws with 3 seconds left in overtime to finish with 22 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 101-97 on Friday night.

Cappie Pondexter made a 3-pointer with 3:56 left in OT — her first field goal of the game — to give Chicago a 92-91 lead. Elena Delle Donne hit a 3 on the Sky's next possession for a 95-91 lead, but that was Chicago's last field goal.

Elizabeth Williams tied it at 97 on a putback and Atlanta made 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute.

Williams had 20 points and nine rebounds for Atlanta (8-3), which is ranked No. 3 in the AP power poll.

Elena Delle Donne scored 26 for fifth-ranked Chicago (5-7). She made a contested shot in the lane to tie it at 89-all with 19.8 seconds left in regulation. McCoughtry and Delle Donne missed shots from there to force overtime.

Chicago made 14 of its first 17 field goals (82.4 percent) for a 38-27 first-quarter lead. It was the most points scored by the Sky in any quarter this season. But Chicago only scored 17 points in the second quarter and 14 in the third.

Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft


Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft

The first year of the post-Elena Delle Donne era for the Chicago Sky did not go well.

The Sky limped to a 12-22 record without the former WNBA MVP and scoring champ. As the Bulls are about to experience, the upside of a losing season is a high draft pick the next year.

The Sky had the third and fourth picks in the draft, which took place on Thursday, and snagged a pair of players from powerhouse programs in women's college basketball.

At No. 3 the Sky picked up Diamond DeShields from Tennessee. She led the Lady Vols in scoring in the 2016-17 season, but that was her junior year. She elected to sign overseas with Cukurova in Turkey instead of playing out her final year of eligibility. The New York Times profiled her just ahead of the WNBA draft.

Oh, and she's also the daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields and her brother, Delino DeShields Jr., is currently an outfielder for the Texas Rangers.

At No. 4, the Sky picked up UConn forward Gabby Williams. Williams started every game in each of the last two seasons for the Huskies, which went undefeated in the regular season and made the Final Four both of those seasons.

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun


Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

ROSEMONT — Jonquel Jones scored 19 of her career-high 23 points in the second half and finished with 21 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 97-79 on Sunday night.

Jones, who set her previous career best of 20 rebounds on May 13, became the 12th player in WNBA history with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals and Lynetta Kizer scored 16 with seven rebounds for Connecticut (1-4), which won its first game of the season.

Kizer’s jumper midway through the first quarter made it 14-13 and the Sun led the rest of the way. Jessica Breland hit two free throws to pull Chicago (1-5) within four with 4:37 left in the third, but Jones scored seven points during a 10-3 run over the next three-plus minutes and the Sky got no closer.

Tamera Young led Chicago with 17 points. She has at least one made 3-pointer in each of the last five games after going nearly five calendar years (June 23, 2011) since her last 3.