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  • The Soapbox Nov 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors offer thoughts on a variety of suburban topics, including teen volunteers, postelection commentary and a very special Christmas tree-to-be.

     
  • Hill’s profile of courage inspires many Oct 31, 2014 5:29 PM
    #ChicagoSky forward #ElenaDelleDonne is so moved by the heart-wreaching story of Lauren Hill that she plans to go cheer on Hill in person at her very last basketball game on Sunday.

     
  • 4 things the Chicago Sky should try to get done Sep 26, 2014 8:46 PM
    The Sky is coming off its most successful season in franchise history: a trip to the WNBA Finals. Here's an offseason to-do list that might help the Sky take that next step.

     
  • Sky hangs tough, but Mercury claims title Sep 13, 2014 12:07 AM
    The Phoenix Mercury wins its third WNBA championship in eight years by sweeping the Sky and winning Game 3 at UIC Pavilion on Friday night, 87-82.

     
  • Mercury sweep Sky out of playoffs. 87-82 Sep 12, 2014 10:39 PM
    Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship.

     
  • Sky owner: Return to Pavilion strange, weird, surreal Sep 11, 2014 7:12 PM
    Chicago Sky owner Michael Alter is coming full circle, back to the UIC Pavilion where he launched a fledgling WNBA explansion team. Nine years later, the Sky is vying for a WNBA championship and will host Game 3 of the WNBA Finals at the UIC Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Friday.

     
  • Sky looks to find its game at home Sep 10, 2014 7:41 PM
    The Chicago Sky needs to act like it belongs in the WNBA Finals, says Sky guard Epiphanny Prince. The Sky is down 2-0 to Phoenix in the best-of-5 championship series. Game 3 is Friday in Chicago. Also, more Sky notes from the WNBA Finals, including the battle of the bigs between Sylvia Fowles and Brittney Griner.

     
  • Scrappy Sky still no match for Mercury, lose 97-68 Sep 9, 2014 11:37 PM
    Brittney Griner shook off two blows to the face to finish with 19 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and the Phoenix Mercury made it two straight routs in the WNBA Finals with a 97-68 win over the Sky on Tuesday night. The underdog Sky were far more aggressive after being blown out in Game 1, fighting Phoenix for every inch early on while leaving Griner with a scratch on her eye and a bloody mouth.

     
  • New and improved Quigley a big asset for Sky Sep 8, 2014 7:59 PM
    Sky reserve guard Allie Quigley has put her 'Plan B' career plans on hold for now; she's got a home in Chicago as one of the most improved players in the WNBA this summer. Quigley, the WNBA's Sixth Woman of the Year, is a big reason the Sky is in the WNBA Finals.

     
  • Editorial: Sky’s title run gives hope to little girl dreams Sep 7, 2014 8:28 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial argues that championship runs are always worth celebrating, but some -- such as the title quest by the WNBA Chicago Sky -- matter more than most.

     
  • Chicago Sky routed in Game 1 of WNBA Finals Sep 7, 2014 5:33 PM
    Brittney Griner set the tone for a dominating Phoenix performance with a playoff record eight blocked shots, five in the first quarter, and the Mercury routed the Chicago Sky 83-62 on Sunday in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Griner also had 12 points and seven rebounds. Candice Dupree made her first 10 shots and scored 26 for the Mercury in their 19th consecutive home victory. Diana Taurasi added 19 points and 11 assists. Phoenix shot a finals record 58.5 percent from the field, Chicago 31.9 percent. Sylvia Fowles scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Chicago but was just 8 of 20, usually against Griner in a matchup of the last two WNBA defensive players of the year. Elena Delle Donne only played 11 minutes because of a bad back. She finished with two points and didn’t play in the second half with the game already out of reach. Game 2 of the best-of-5 series is Tuesday night in Phoenix. Alley Quigley, who was the league’s sixth woman of the year, scored 13 points for the Sky. She missed 11 of her 15 shots. Phoenix led from the opening basket, was up by 22 at the half and by as many as 30 in the third. Griner’s five first-quarter blocks broke the playoff record for a half. She finished with six at halftime. Meanwhile, Dupree couldn’t miss, going 9 for 9 in the first half, capped by a layup on a halfcourt pass from Taurasi just before the buzzer to put Phoenix up 42-20, the largest halftime lead in WNBA Finals history. Griner dominated Fowles, blocking three of the Chicago center’s first four shots and holding her to 2 of 9 shooting in the first half. Phoenix shot 64.5 percent in the first half (20 for 31) to the Sky’s 8 of 36 (22 percent). Chicago, the No. 4 seed in the East, trailed just 17-12 after Fowles’ inside basket with 8:53 to go in the second quarter, then Phoenix outscored the Sky 25-8 the rest of the half. DuPree scored six in a 10-0 run that made it 27-12 with 6:45 to go in the half, and Chicago never got closer than 12 again. Chicago rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit in the deciding first-round game against the East’s top seed Atlanta. But there was no such comeback against the Mercury. Phoenix scored the first eight of the second half to lead 50-20. Notes: The Mercury won the title in 2007 and 2009, Chicago is in the finals for the first time. ... Phoenix’s only home loss was May 23 against San Antonio, the Mercury’s third game of the season. ... The previous record for largest halftime lead was 20 points by Los Angeles against Detroit in 2003. ... Phoenix is 3-0 against Chicago this season. ... The previous record for blocks in a game was seven by Lisa Leslie on three occasions, twice in 2001, once in 2002.

     
  • Sky players pinching themselves on eve of WNBA Finals Sep 5, 2014 6:31 PM
    Believe it or not Sky fans, after nine seasons and plenty of heartache, the Sky is about to tip-off play in the WNBA Finals. Patricia Babcock McGraw, who has covered the franchise from its beginning, talks with the team's head coach and key players as they prepare for the bright lights against the Phoenix Mercury.

     
  • Sky headed to WNBA Finals after beating Fever 75-62 Sep 4, 2014 10:10 AM
    With a trip to the WNBA Finals on the line, Allie Quigley came through when her Chicago Sky teammates needed her the most. Quigley scored 24 points and hit several big shots to help lead the Sky to a 75-62 victory over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. She had 10 of her points in a key second quarter stretch that gave Chicago the lead for good.

     
  • Another big comeback keeps Sky going Sep 1, 2014 11:01 PM
    The Comeback Kids were at it again Monday. The Chicago Sky overcame another significant second-half deficit in an elimination game, this time forcing a Game 3 against the Indiana Fever in the WNBA's Eastern Conference Finals.

     
  • Fever holds off Sky 77-70 in playoff opener Aug 30, 2014 8:34 PM
    Briann January scored 19 points and Shavonte Zellous added 18 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 77-70 on Saturday night in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals. Indiana took a 60-48 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Sky stormed back with a 14-3 run to open the final period and pulled within one. Allie Quigley had five points during the burst, including the lone 3-pointer made by the Sky.

     
  • Fowles: Playoff series win well worth the wait Aug 29, 2014 7:19 PM
    After a long road and a long wait, Chicago Sky veteran center Sylvia Fowles is finally making a playoff run.The Sky opens the Eastern Conference Finals tonight in Indianapolis against the Fever, led by veteran Tamika Catchings.

     
  • Whoa! Sky upset No. 1 seed Dream with 20-point rally Aug 26, 2014 11:51 PM
    Despite trailing by 17 early in the fourth quarter, the Chicago Sky weren't ready to give up on their season. Instead, they kept their focus and pulled off the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in WNBA playoff history. Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 34 points in the final period, including the winning jumper with 8.4 seconds left, as the Sky rallied from 20 points down to beat the Atlanta Dream 81-80 on Tuesday night and advance to the Eastern Conference finals. "I just know that when we were in huddles and I was talking to the team, everyone had that look in their eye like we were not done yet — we were not ready to go home," Delle Donne said.

     
  • Sky can’t close out Dream at home Aug 24, 2014 11:27 PM
    Pouring in a game-high 39 points, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry relentlessly willed her team to a 92-83 victory that ties the three-game playoff series at 1-1. The Chicago Sky won the series opener Friday in Atlanta, which is where the closer will be Tuesday.

     
  • Sky win first playoff game in nailbiting fashion Aug 22, 2014 11:42 PM
    Courtney Vandersloot hit the game-winning jumper from the top of the key with 20 seconds left to lead the Sky to an 80-77 win over the Dream in the first game of their WNBA playoff series. Chicago is the No. 4 seed in the East, and Atlanta is No. 1, but the Sky didn't look like underdogs while limiting the Dream's fast break to two points. "We call the first five seconds 'quick strike,' and they're the best team in the league," Sky coach Pokey Chatmon said. "Part of that is when we shoot 47 percent, that gives us two seconds to get back on defense."

     
  • Sky could be dangerous in playoffs Aug 21, 2014 10:11 PM
    Chicago Sky playoff primer: In a season that was the exact opposite of last year, Sky is hoping for opposite results in playoffs.

     
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