Quigley’s 3 proves beneficial in Chicago win over Dallas

Rosemont Ill. – Things got interesting Friday night in Chicago’s 84-77 victory over the Wings.

The Sky had a 13-point lead with six minutes remaining in the contest, but it was at that point Dallas spread their wings and embarked on a run to pull within six with 1:12 remaining.

Chicago turned to Allie Quigley to hit the dagger and seal the deal with 13 seconds remaining. She finished with 10, but none proved more important than her final three.

Sky forward Elena Delle Donne recorded a game-high 24 points to go along with five rebounds. She said her team knew how important this game was for their playoff hopes.

“Nothing even needed to be said, and those are the games you love”, Della Donne said. “When everybody’s locked in, there isn’t something special you need to say to get everyone pumped up.  Everybody knew how critical this win was and everybody was locked in even people who were on the bench for a little while, they’re up, they’re cheering so loud they stay warm.  Everybody was ready to go.”

Sky coach Pokey Chatman summed the importance of the win up in one word

“Huge,” she said. “It was huge in the manner in which it took place. Everyone that went in the game contributed. I thought there was a crucial stretch in the third quarter where everyone was really active defensively, blocked shots, altered shots, rebounded, transitioned. That’s what we have to do to get wins.”

Plenette Pierson, back from a two-week absence with a concussion, led Dallas’ effort with 20 points, including a career-high five three-point field goals.

“We are taking great shots, we are passing the ball, we are getting it where it needs to be. They just aren’t falling for us. Eventually we will dig ourselves out of this hole,” Pierson said.

Dallas guard Karima Christmas said the team is battling, despite injuries this season.

“We are still playing hard; it is just trying to get those shots to drop”, Christmas said. “We are open, so we just have to continue to take those shots and have more confidence in ourselves. We are all great players on our team; we just have to be able to knock those shots. Other teams are going to knock down their shots.”