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Postgame Notes: Chicago Sky 77, Minnesota Lynx 63

July 7, 2018 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Chicago Sky News Release


Forward Cheyenne Parker made her second start for the Sky this season. She finished with six points, eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

Guard Courtney Vandersloot finished with a team-high nine assists and added 12 points, notching seven rebounds as well.

Chicago shot 6-for-9 from the 3-point line in the first half and continued their hot shooting in the second half as The Sky knocked down 52.9 percent from beyond the arc on 9-for-17 shooting. They sit atop the WNBA in 3-point percentage, shooting 37.3 percent.

Guard Allie Quigley sank all three of her 3-point attempts in the first half. She finished with 15 points and added five assists, four steals and three rebounds. This marks Quigley's 14th game in double digit scoring this season.

Chicago allowed its fewest points against in a game this season at 63. Previously, the Sky had set a season low in their first game of the year on May 19, giving up 64 in a win over the Indiana Fever.


Guard Maya Moore led the way for the Lynx tonight, finishing with 16 points on 7-for-16 shooting, including 2-of-6 from long range. With at least one three tonight, Moore has extended her streak of one made 3-pointer to 18 straight games, dating back to the May 23 game vs. Dallas.

Center Sylvia Fowles nearly missed a double-double as she grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and added nine points on 4-of-7 shooting.

Seimone Augustus finished in double-figures tonight with 11 points. Minnesota falls 8-3 on the season when Augustus scores in double-figures.

Tanisha Wright added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench in 15:55 of action. Tonight marked Wright's highest scoring output since finishing with 13 points on June 7 at Washington.

Cecilia Zandalasini scored eight points off the bench on 3-of-8 shooting including 1-of-2 from deep. Zandalasini's streak now moved to 11 straight games of at least one made three-pointer.



On team defense:

"What a great display of team basketball. I'm really excited to go home and watch this film. We watch it everyday, but everyday you're not that excited to go home and watch it. The main things I'm excited about is our defense. The way our team buckled down, played together and played defense is really remarkable. From the ball pressure up front with [Vandersloot] and [Harper], the wings playing pressure defense with [Quigley] and [DeShields] doing a phenomenal job guarding [Maya Moore] to our post players battling inside and securing tough rebounds, all across the board we had great team defense."

On starting Cheyenne Parker over Gabby Williams:

"It had nothing to do with anything other than it was in Cheyenne's best interest with her back. She has a tight back and it helps to stay fresh and loose. We observed that when she would sit down and get cold, it was harder for her to get back up and get warmed up again. [Williams] is a team player, and she wants what's best for the team, so with Cheyenne's back being the way it was, we let her get the first rotation in to stay warm."

On Linnae Harper's increased role:

"Nothing Linnae did today was a surprise to any of us. [Vandersloot] and [Faulkner] are on Linnae hard everyday because they see how good and how talented she is. [Vandersloot] even commented on how she's always impressed in practice sometimes on what Linnae is able to do with the basketball in her and and what she's able to do on defense. Today, Chicago got to see what our players see everyday in practice with Linnae."


On Linnae Harper:

"It's great. She had huge minutes. She was huge for us on that run and that is exactly what we need from her. She is such an incredible player, where she can come in and just impact the game. If she is in two possessions or 10 possessions and you know that is exactly what we need. She's an amazing teammate. She just stayed ready. It's been I don't know how many games since she didn't see the floor and she comes in and makes an impact like that in a game like this. That is huge for us."

On the team's ball movement:

"I think the ball moved better. We emphasized that going into the game. You know to get this team into rotation we were going to get wide open shots if we continue to move it, drive it, kick it. And when we get our feet set and we are getting wide open shots like that we can knock down shots as you can see, 52 percent from the three. That's pretty good, not bad."


On this team win:

"It just shows that when we put our minds to it and we are focused and just high, high energy that we can beat anyone in the league. We just have to use this as motivation to keep moving forward, keep getting better. We have a Vegas team that we didn't show our best effort to a couple days ago. It's just next game now, we can't really get too high here, just next game."

On the team's 3-point shooting:

"It's huge when Courtney can get in there and drive and she's so good at finding anyone who's open. Wherever the defense is, you know, making a mistake she'll find it and luckily today that we were hitting our shots and making the extra pass."


On the Sky:

"Well, I mean, they had a lot of open threes, they got stuff out in transition, they had 20 fast-break points, so you're going to shoot a high field goal percentage when you're getting that many looks in transition. Shooting 35 percent is really not going to help our transition defense. I thought they got easy looks and they played with a great flow about them. They played hard, they know their identity, and they share the ball, and they play for each other."

On the talent in the WNBA:

"I think it's been well documented, the progress this league has made. Just the level of talent, it's better over the years. Look at the class that came in this year. Obviously, they've got Diamond here in Chicago, we've seen a number of other young players that are just really, really good, so I think it's a product of the league being around for so long, that evolution that you see, and these kids, they don't know a life without the WNBA. They have a chance growing up to have a dream and work for something."


On the game:

"Give credit to Chicago, they played a really good game and we didn't. They executed their game plan and they were able to get the win. Unfortunately, we weren't able to play the way we wanted to play. I thought they played with a lot of energy."


On being a star in the WNBA:

"I'm just trying to be the best player I can for my team. That's what I focus on. Fortunately, I have good teammates around me that help me look good, and I try to do the same for them. It takes a lot of focus, a lot of preparation, a lot of sacrifice, doing things on and off the court to make sure you're prepared to perform every night."

On Diamond DeShields:

"She's athletic, she likes to push the pace in transition, has the ability to rebound, push the ball up the floor and has the ability to get to the paint. She likes to attack, so she's got a bright future."

NEXT UP: The Chicago Sky take on the Las Vegas Aces at Wintrust Arena on Tuesday, July 10.

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