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Quigley's free throws help Sky slip past Sun

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Quigley's free throws help Sky slip past Sun

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Elena Delle Donne didn't care about her free throw streak ending or her lack of points, she was just happy her team came away with a victory.

Allie Quigley scored 19 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 15.4 seconds left, to lift the Chicago Sky to a 77-74 win over the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night.

The Sun (7-3) held Delle Donne, who leads the WNBA in scoring averaging 28.7 points, to a season-low 12 points. She also saw her streak of 58 straight free throws made come to an end in the first quarter.

"Oh well. Work on the next set of streaks or something," Delle Donne said laughing. "I'm thrilled we got a win, that's the most important thing."

Trailing by 11 points in the third quarter the Sky (6-5) rallied behind Quigley. Her 3-pointer with 2:14 left made it 73-72. After two free throws by Alyssa Thomas restored a one-point lead for the Sun with 1:58 left in the game, neither could score until Quigley's free throws.

"She was ridiculous, got ice going through her veins," Delle Donne said of Quigley. "She was so clutch."

After Alex Bentley's floater in the lane missed, Delle Donne hit two free throws with 3 seconds left to seal the victory. Bentley's wild 3 at the buzzer missed.

She finished with a career-high 25 points to lead Connecticut.

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.