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No Sloot, No Problem: Chicago Sky Beat Dallas Wings 89–81

Despite missing their star point guard, the Sky topped a scrappy Wings team to tie a franchise-best mark for single-season road wins.

Allie Quigley Chicago Sky Dallas Wings
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Taking care of business, as usual, the Chicago Sky rallied in the fourth quarter to take down the Dallas Wings on Saturday night. An 89-81 triumph secured Chicago’s 10th road win of the season, which ties a franchise-best mark.

Without star point guard Courtney Vandersloot for the first time since August 2019, the Sky needed Julie Allemand to step up. The guard racked up eight assists in her start.

Head coach James Wade praised his team for getting the job done in absence of their star point guard.

“She’s the best point guard in the world,” said Wade. “We missed her. We have a good team that sustained some things. She does things that some people can’t do. Julie and Dana [Evans] gave us some good minutes.”

Wade also said Vandersloot was sending him texts throughout the game. “She told us keep pushing the ball in transition. She wanted us to stop fouling. We tried.”

The Sky picked up 20 fouls, while the Wings recorded 13.

The All-Stars came to play Saturday as Kahleah Copper and Emma Meesseman combined for 46 points in Chicago’s win over Dallas. Furthermore, Copper recorded her second career double-double, coming down with a season-high 14 rebounds.

Overall, the Sky played a strong game against an always scrappy Wings squad. Wade added that his team always has room for improvement, but bringing home a road win is huge.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago Sky return home to host the Seattle Storm on Wednesday, July 20. That contest will mark Sue Bird’s final regular season game in Chicago. The 16-8 Storm are starting to heat up as they have won seven of their last 10 games. All-Star Breanna Stewart is the league’s leading scorer this season. She averages 20.9 points per game and shoots 45.1% from the field.

Unfortunately, Wednesday’s contest will be another early game. Tip-off is at 11 AM CT and the game will air on NBA TV, Marquee Sports, Fox 13+, and Amazon Prime.

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