Sky’s winning streak comes to an end at the hands of Minnesota
“It’s a game you wish you could start over again,” Sky head coach James Wade said.
Chicago made a 14-6 run to narrow the gap in the final minutes of the game, but it wasn’t enough as Allie Quigley missed the game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Sky fell to Minnesota, 81-78.
This loss snapped Chicago’s 5-game winning streak they had coming into Minnesota.
“[I had] all the confidence in the world,” said Quigley, who finished with 18 points. “It was a great play with great screens. Just make it next time.”
Minnesota shot lights out early, going on two separate 10-0 runs in the opening half, while Chicago shot a dismal 16-for-39 from the floor and 20% from the arc. Minnesota’s Ariel Powers went off, putting up 17 of her total 22 points in the first half.
It seemed as if Chicago couldn’t control the tempo early on, allowing for the Lynx to settle into their slower, half-court offense. Minnesota also found a way to poke the ball away 15 times and scored 16 points off those turnovers.
“I thought we weren’t patient,” Wade said. “It took us a little time to calculate what was going on instead of just flowing. When we moved it, we got good stuff, but we just weren’t patient enough to do that the entire time.”
Kahleah Copper led Sky scoring with 20 points followed by Quigley’s 18 points. Candace Parker put up a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Chicago looks to get back on the right track before the All-Star Game when they take on the Indiana Fever on Thursday, July 7th. Tip time is set for 6 p.m. on Marquee Sports Network.