Postgame Notes: Seattle Storm 96, Chicago Sky 85
* Allie Quigley snapped her two-game single-digit scoring skid with 20 points. She has averaged 21.5 points per game against the Storm this season. * Cheyenne Parker notched her third double-double of the season, logging 10 points and 10 boards off the bench. * Diamond DeShields scored 20 points or more for the second time this season, posting 22 points on 6-for-13 shooting, including a career- and season-high five three's. * Chicago opened the third quarter with a 19-4 run to take a 65-54 lead. The Sky ultimately outscored the Storm by 12 (27-15) in the third frame to take a 73-65 lead into the fourth quarter. * In her fifth game of the season, Courtney Vandersloot registered 14 points and five assists. * Astou Ndour cashed in season-highs for points (10), rebounds (seven) and minutes (30). Ndour got going early, with four of Chicago's first eight points. * Chicago was 13-31 three-pointers, hitting six of its first seven three's. The Sky had five players score in double figures in the game. STORM NOTES
* For the second time this season, the Storm overcame a 14-point deficit against the Sky in the second half. * Seattle outscored Chicago in the final 10 minutes, 31-12, shooting 12-for-16 from the field, including 4-for-4 by both Breanna Stewart and Natasha Howard. The 31 points marked a season-high for the Storm in the fourth frame, and the home team also went without a turnover in those 10 minutes. * Breanna Stewart buried a season-high four three-pointers en route to a game-high 30 points, her fifth 30+ point game of her career. * Jewell Loyd scored 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting to go along with five rebounds and five assists, her first game of the season with 15+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 5+ assists. * Natasha Howard mustered 15 points, 11 of which came in the second half. * The Storm improved to 10-5 all-time at home against the Sky and won its second straight at home against Chicago for the first time since 2011-12. Seattle defeated the Sky on 9/11/11 (81-70) and then again on 9/18/12 (75-60). * Crystal Langhorne missed her seventh game of the 2018 season, equaling the seven games she missed in her previous 10 WNBA seasons. Since 2008, she's played in the second-most games (336) in the WNBA (Camille Lyttle, 346). POSTGAME QUOTES
SKY GENERAL MANAGER AND HEAD COACH AMBER STOCKS
On what the difference was in the fourth quarter: "We didn't hit shots and weren't able to capitalize on some stops. The one possession where Seattle had two offensive rebounds in one singular possession was a significant shift in the game. I give a lot of credit to Noelle Quinn and (Kaleena) Mosqueda-Lewis for coming out and really impacting things for Seattle off the bench. Our team was relentless. I love the way our team plays together. We just weren't able to hit some wide-open looks that we had."
On what the team will focus on before their next game at home on Sunday: "We have to continue to play to our strengths. We're one of the best passing teams in the league as far as moving the ball around. We have to continue to move and cut without the ball In order to open up some of those passing opportunities. Courtney Vandersloot and Jamierra Faulkner are outstanding at reading the defense and scoring the basketball so we have to continue to find opportunities for them to thrive in both areas - distributing and scoring."
On what she learned about her team on this road trip: "This Chicago Sky squad is not a group of basketball players - we really are a team. A united, bonded, connected team with a strong passion for basketball and a strong passion for each other."
SKY GUARD ALLIE QUIGLEY
On the game: "It was just another one like last time. We have to figure out how to keep a lead and then if you don't, try and figure out how to make a run. It's a game of runs. They made a run and we have to be able to make a run and not get swept up in that momentum."
On what the difference was between the third and fourth quarters: "It's about getting stops. When we went up 12, it was about getting stops and when we got down, it was because we relaxed. I think we relaxed a little on their bench (players) and they came in and made shots. Then it's hard when you're up and they make a (big) swing to keep (the lead)."
On what they'll take away from this road trip: "I think we learned what not to do. We learned about all of the mistakes we can't really continue to make if we want to get any wins in this league. We've really been analyzing what are the good things we need to keep doing, and we did a lot of those tonight, but unfortunately it just wasn't enough in that fourth quarter when they came back."
STORM HEAD COACH DAN HUGHES
On the game as a whole: "I thought the story was our bench play in the third quarter. Chicago came out and was very, very good in the third quarter and they were really separating from us but I thought our bench gave us - we cut it to eight when Kaleena [Mosqueda-Lewis] hit that three and then we just kind of rode them a little bit into the fourth to be honest with you. They were able to take that momentum. We defended well in the fourth quarter but we really struggled stop Chicago. I thought they were making shots and all that and we had to weather the storm and the key to weathering the storm was what the bench play did - and of course [Breanna] Stewart was excellent the whole day. I thought Jewell [Loyd] also stepped up in a big way coming out of it and [Natasha] Howard was really important down the stretch for us."
On similarities between the last matchup: "It was different in that the last time we played we brought Jordin [Canada] in with Sue [Bird] and played that group down the stretch. To me the way it was different was because we had a lot of players come off the bench and kind of leading the way today and putting us in a position to not only cut into their lead but to take the lead. It was more of a full court thing the last time we played and we turned them over and did some things. Our energy defensively and then our execution offensively enabled us to close the gap and then take the lead. I thought we did a good job playing with the lead once we got it."
On closing out the game: "I thought offensively we did a great job of execution and sometimes you can call plays but at some point it's a matter of getting the ball to the right spot. There was mature movement in my eyes. Jewell Loyd, for example, you could see attacking the middle. We assisted well in that situation and got some good movement in the interior and played to the lane. I think that's also very important because it's going to get you to the free throw line. Conversely, we had struggled to rebound the ball. We had struggled to be the first to the ball but I thought the whole fourth quarter including this stretch, we did that. We were able to defend and get to balls. You're going to close games if you put those two things together."
STORM FORWARD NATASHA HOWARD
On playing Chicago again: "Last time we played Chicago it was a close game, but this time we made sure that we got stops when we needed to and scored when we needed to."
On defense: "In the beginning we were rotating too much and they were finding the person on the weak side and they were knocking us out. Chicago has some great shooters, I think that we made the adjustments that we needed to make in order to help our teammates out."
STORM FORWARD BREANNA STEWART
On differences from last game: "It was nice to get into a rhythm other than just in the fourth quarter as compared to the last game. We were moving the ball and then were able to find and open person to take shots. We shot the ball way better than we did on Sunday. Then in the fourth quarter we were able to play defense, score the ball and get the win."
On second half: "We came out in the third quarter and they hit us first, they were really aggressive. They knocked out some tough shots. We knew that they had made their run, but it was our turn to make ours. We took control of the game."
NEXT GAME: The Sky returns home to face the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday, June 17 at Wintrust Arena. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CT.
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