Sky fall to Silver Stars 81-69
SAN ANTONIO — Danielle Robinson had 18 points and seven assists and the San Antonio Silver Stars rolled to an 81-69 victory Friday night, handing heralded rookie Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky their first loss.
Jia Perkins added 13 points to surpassing 3,000 career points, Danielle Adams had 13 points and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 10 for the Silver Stars (2-1), who led by 17 points in the second half.
Delle Donne, the second overall pick in this year's WNBA draft, was held to 17 points on 5-for-15 shooting as she battled the physical defense of Milton-Jones. Allie Quigley had 10 points and was the only other player in double figures for Chicago (3-1).
The Sky failed to score in the opening 4 1/2 minutes of the second half, much to coach Pokey Chatman's discontent. Chatman spent the opening minutes continually yelling for Delle Donne to shoot and saying, "We talked about this at halftime."
The Silver Stars didn't have the same troubles with the speedy Robinson setting up the offense.
She threaded a pass from one free-throw line to the other between the outstretched arms of Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles, giving Milton-Jones an open layup and San Antonio a 54-38 lead.
Quigley's jumper with 5:39 broke the Sky's drought, cutting the Silver Stars' lead to 54-40.
Delle Donne was held to four points on 1-for-3 shooting in the first quarter while struggling to get her shot off against Milton-Jones. The 6-foot-5 rookie adjusted in the second quarter, driving by the 14-year veteran and the 240-pound Adams to finish the first half with 11 points.
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