Chicago Sky's Delle Donne back in the swing of things
As forward Elena Delle Donne got back on track, so did the Chicago Sky.
Delle Donne, the WNBA's leading scorer (24 ppg) and the top overall vote-getter for next weekend's all-star game, finished with a more typical stat line on Sunday night: 29 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Sky's 93-82 win over the San Antonio Stars at Allstate Arena.
The Sky (10-6) had been coming off an 18-point loss at Minnesota on Friday in which Delle Donne managed just 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Likewise, in the two games prior to that, Delle Donne had scored just 11 and 12 points, respectively.
"I felt more in attack mode today," said Delle Donne, who connected on 13-of-23 field goal attempts. "Just pushing it after getting rebounds, trying to attack, trying to give them a different look. That's something I'll continue to try to do."
Delle Donne helped the Sky build a comfortable early lead. Up 30-20 at the end of the first quarter, the Sky extended the lead to 15 points by halftime and were up by as many as 17 points in the second half.
Four other players scored in double-figures for the Sky with guard Allie Quigley pouring in 15 points off the bench and starters Courtney Vandersloot, Cappie Pondexter and Jessica Breland finishing with 14, 12 and 10 points respectively.
Breland left the game late in the second half when she rolled her left ankle while coming down from a jumpshot that she made on the baseline. She will be questionable for Tuesday's home game against Atlanta, the last game before the all-star break.
San Antonio, which never had the lead but managed to cut the Sky's advantage to as few as 7 points early in the fourth quarter, has yet to win on the road and drops to 4-12 on the season.
Forward Danielle Adams had 20 points off the bench to lead the Stars. She drained three 3-pointers, as did Delle Donne.
Sophia Young-Malcolm added 18 points for San Antonio while teammates Kayla McBride and Danielle Robinson finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
"It was nice to see us get off to a fast start offensively coming out of that last game (against Minnesota)," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. "We got some of those same shots (against Minnesota) but didn't necessarily hit them. We were able to fuse (better offense) with defense and better rebounding. That's something we've been emphasizing. It was nice to also see us plus-16 on the boards. We continued that through the game."
Next game: Atlanta Dream at Sky, 7 p.m. Tuesday