Sky looks for consecutive wins in battle versus Wings

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The Chicago Sky have generated some momentum out of the Olympic break.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Wings must play better if they’re to rebound from their most recent defeat.

The Sky look to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly two months and hand the visiting Wings a season-high fifth consecutive loss on Tuesday night.

Kahleah Copper had 19 points and Allie Quigley scored 17 as Chicago (11-10) outlasted Seattle 87-85 in overtime on Sunday. Diamond DeShields and Candace Parker combined for 25 points as the Sky overcame 18 turnovers to make nine 3-pointers (five from Quigley) and hold the Storm to 34.5-percent shooting.

It was a needed result on the league’s restart for Chicago, which is 2-3 since winning seven in a row from June 9-24.

“I don’t think we’re where we want to be yet,” Quigley, averaging 12.5 points, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

“(The win is) going to give us confidence to keep it going and keep moving forward.”

The Sky split their two previous 2021 meetings with Dallas (9-13), both on the road, with Parker (13.2 ppg, 8.8 rebounds per game) totaling 32 points and 17 rebounds in those contests.

The Wings have dropped four straight since a 100-91 win over Chicago on July 2. They committed 19 turnovers and allowed Connecticut to hit half of its shots during Sunday’s 80-59 home loss.

“Just focus on Chicago and get this win,” star Arike Ogunbowale, who had a team-high 20 points Sunday, told The Dallas Morning News.

Ogunbowale ranks among the WNBA scoring leaders at 19.0 points per contest. She scored 22 in a 91-81 loss to the Sky on June 30, and had 18 in the victory over Chicago two days later.

Dallas’ Marina Mabrey (13.6 ppg) came off the bench to match a career high with 28 points in that win against the Sky. However, she’s totaled 32 points in the four games since then.

–Field Level Media

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