A record-setting day for Kahleah Copper, but turnovers continue to hurt Sky
The Chicago Sky (5-9) have dropped six straight games, dropping them to 9th in WNBA standings.
The Sky will be back at home to take on the Los Angeles Sparks for two consecutive games before crossing the Indiana border to take on the Fever.
Losing skid continued vs. Washington
The Sky looked to snap the losing skid back at home after 4 days rest; however, the Mystics continued their dominating ways over Chicago, handing the Sky their fifth straight loss, 80-59.
The Sky put up a season-low 9 first quarter points, shooting just 3-for-17 from the field. Turnovers continued to be an issue with the Mystics putting up 20 points off of the Sky’s 19 turnovers.
“We’re not teaming right now,” head coach James Wade said after the loss. “You can go through points in a season where things are not going your way and you start feeling sorry for yourselves. You see that with a lot of people that get sick. Our group has a virus, and they’re feeling sorry for themselves.”
“Traditionally, we have not played like that.”— Marquee Sky (@SkyMarquee) June 23, 2023
Coach James Wade following tonight's game. pic.twitter.com/HiFBh9IMcF
Alanna Smith was the only Sky player who scored in double-digits with 13 points. The rest of the team was held to 8 points a piece or less.
Record-setting Sunday for Copper
Chicago had a tough test after the Mystics loss with a road trip to take on the No. 2 team in the league in the Connecticut Sun.
The Sky came out with better energy in the opening quarter than the last five games, but it didn’t translate through the rest of the contest as they picked up the 96-72 loss. They led the first quarter for the first time since June 15 against Indiana.
“We just have to put it together. It’s attention to details. We’re averaging almost 20 turnovers in these last three games, and a lot of it has to do with a lot of physicality that we’re running into. We just have to be stronger and stay in place,” Wade said after the game.
The turnover bug was prevalent yet again with the Sky giving up 27 points off 19 turnovers to the Sun. In all 9 of their losses, the Sky averaged 16.9 turnovers a game; in their 5 wins, they averaged 12.6.
“I think we’re trying to find our teammates, and sometimes I guess you can overpass. I think we’re trying to play fast. I think we’re trying to give people the ball, and sometimes it doesn’t go our way,” Courtney Williams said after the game.
Kahleah Copper set a new career-high with 29 points and passed Elena Delle Donne to move to 4th on the Sky’s all-time points list with 2,183 points.
“It’s special, humbling and rewarding,” Copper said after the game. “I wasn’t a player that came to this franchise to be the franchise player. So, for me to see my name amongst those greats is special and keeps me on my toes to want to get better and continue to grind.”