ATLANTA (AP) — 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……
Shoni Schimmel’s jumper gave Atlanta an 80-77 lead with 29 seconds left, but Delle Donne made two jumpers in the last 24 seconds – with the final basket giving Chicago its first lead since 6-5.
”It was just a resilient effort by my team. Obviously, Atlanta owned us for much of the game,” Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. ”They were having our way us in terms of points in the paint. Everything was not in our favor, but we stayed the course, and when it got late it became time for players to make plays. My big time player (Delle Donne) stepped up.”
About a minute after the game was over, the WNBA announced the Eastern Conference finals schedule:
Indiana vs. Chicago
Game 1 – Sat August 30 Chicago at Indiana 7:00PM 7:00PM NBA TV
Game 2 – Mon September 1 Indiana at Chicago 3:00PM 4:00PM NBA TV
Game 3 * Wed September 3 Chicago at Indiana 7:00PM 7:00PM NBA TV