Sky 79

(8-13, 3-6 away)

Dream 81

(15-5, 10-2 home)

    6:00 PM ET, July 13, 2014

    McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    CHI 20 26 9 18 679
    ATL 16 26 17 14 881

    Top Performers

    Chicago: A. Quigley 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atlanta: A. McCoughtry 33 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sky-Dream Preview


    The Chicago Sky are having plenty of trouble offensively without Elena Delle Donne and Courtney Vandersloot, but it's defense that is their main concern.

    That could prove very problematic against the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Dream, who registered the largest margin of victory in franchise history the last time they faced the Sky.

    Chicago looks to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat Sunday night as it visits the Dream, who are shooting for a fourth straight win.

    The Sky (8-12) have gone 2-4 since Delle Donne last played June 25, and coach Pokey Chatman said she isn't sure if the second-year star will play before the July 19 All-Star game due to a flare up of Lyme disease.

    Vandersloot has missed five straight games with a sprained knee and could be out up to 10 weeks. Chicago is averaging 68.3 points during its skid and fell 72-66 to Phoenix on Friday.

    Epiphanny Prince scored five and shot 1 of 14 from the field.

    "We can't separate when we're having tough times," said point guard Jamierra Faulkner, averaging 14.6 points since entering the starting lineup in place of Vandersloot. "That's when we're supposed to come together even stronger. If one person hangs their head, it's up to everyone else to pick them up."

    Sylvia Fowles has done her best to provide a lift for Chicago, which has dropped 12 of 15. She scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Friday for her third straight double-double, and she's averaging 20.3 points, 13.0 boards and 3.0 blocks during that stretch.

    The Sky's biggest priority is improving defensively, though, as they rank 11th in the 12-team league in scoring defense at 81.1 points allowed per game.

    "That's been our problem," Faulkner said. "Our defense has gotten better, it's just not where it needs to be. That's our main focus in practice, that's our main focus in film, and we just have to make it our main focus in the games."

    Chicago didn't have much going at either end of the floor the last time it faced the Dream (14-5), falling 97-59 on June 7. Angel McCoughtry and Erika de Souza scored 20 points apiece for Atlanta, which has averaged 83.5 points while winning 11 of 13.

    Tiffany Hayes scored 21 and de Souza added 13 and 12 rebounds in Saturday's 93-74 win over Indiana. DeLisha Milton-Jones scored seven points in her Dream debut after being acquired from New York for Swin Cash on Wednesday.

    McCoughtry, who entered Saturday third in the league in scoring at 19.8 points per game, was held to 11.

    "That is the good thing about this team," assistant coach Karleen Thompson said. "You have to pick your poison."

    Atlanta's win June 7 ended a four-game losing streak against Chicago.