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Delle Donne drops 45 as Sky top Dream in overtime

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Delle Donne drops 45 as Sky top Dream in overtime

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) – Elena Delle Donne scored a career-high 45 points, Cappie Pondexter moved into eighth place on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list and the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 100-96 in overtime on Wednesday.

Chicago limited Atlanta to two points in the first four minutes of the five-minute overtime, but Angel McCoughtry 3-pointer pulled Atlanta within 98-96 with 8.4 seconds left. Delle Donne sealed it with two free throws with 6 seconds remaining and blocked her sixth shot on Atlanta’s final possession.

Delle Donne set a WNBA record by making 19 consecutive free throws. She also grabbed 11 rebounds to record her third consecutive double-double for Chicago (4-3). Pondexter hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 7:07 left in the third quarter to pass Katie Douglas on the WNBA’s scoring list. She finished with 19 points.

McCoughtry had 34 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta (3-6). The Dream were without Tiffany Hayes, the team’s second-leading scorer, and Aneika Henry, both at the European Games.

Chicago led by as many as 17 points on Courtney Vandersloot’s 3-pointer with 2:44 left in the third. But Atlanta came back, outscoring Chicago 16-7 to start the fourth quarter to get within 76-73 on Roneeka Hodges’ free throw.

Chicago made its first 22 free throws, but missed two in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Atlanta’s McCoughtry made a layup with 8.3 seconds left to tie the game at 86. Delle Donne turned it over on the ensuing possession and Atlanta’s Sancho Lyttle missed a runner at the buzzer. It was Chicago’s second consecutive overtime game.

On June 19, Atlanta beat Chicago 74-73 on McCoughtry’s 16-foot jumper at the buzzer.

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

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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

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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.