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    Default Sloot is the New Chicago Sky All-Time Scoring Leader

    With her 14 points in the last game, Courtney Vandersloot passed her wife Allie Quigly as the all-time scoring leader. My guess is that Allie and Sloot will be trading this position back and forth all year. Currently Allie has been sitting out the last couple of games with an injury.

    Link: https://sky.wnba.com/news/vandersloo...y-drop-to-2-2/

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    She's been up and down this season so far, but having a great game today. 24/7/7 on 10-17 shooting. Did just miss a potential game winner, now going OT. Sky are struggling, I think they've lost 3 straight. Too many key players out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    She's been up and down this season so far, but having a great game today. 24/7/7 on 10-17 shooting. Did just miss a potential game winner, now going OT. Sky are struggling, I think they've lost 3 straight. Too many key players out.
    Yep, Quigley and Parker are out, but when you give the opposition 21-27 turnovers per game in the last 3 games, it becomes very difficult to win no matter who is on the court.

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    Sloot had a 4 point play to cut a 5 point deficit down to 1. The last 2 minutes or so of OT was absolutely awful basketball by both teams. Honestly looked like they were both trying to lose, but only one team can be successful at that. Just atrocious. Sparks won. Sky might not win another game until they get their players back. They're also missing Dolson, who's been w/ the 3X3 National Team competing in a tourney. She's had an up and down pro career, but they could probably use her too.

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    Man, the Sky...

    Turned it on w/ about a minute and a half left. Sky up 6. From there they totally screwed it up again. Still up 2, Phoenix got a D board w/ about 8 seconds left, Kia Nurse dribbled to half court and let loose w/ a bomb that swished w/ about .1 second left. Nobody really defended her particularly.

    edit--Sloot w/ another good game, 17 pts/10 assists/5 steals.

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    Sloot is only 6 assists from tying Taurasi for #4 on the all time list. Should have that by next game. D is out w/ an injury currently, so by the time she returns she should be WAY in the rear view mirror.

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    Sloot has 8 assists and counting, so she passed Taurasi. Sky got Quigley and Dolson back, but still no Parker. Another game, another double digit 4th quarter lead they're trying desperately to hold onto. Probably will screw it up again.

    Speaking of screwing up, they wasted the #8 draft pick on a teenager from Australia who was on nobody else's draft board. She barely played over the course of 4 games, they traded her to Dallas who promptly cut her. They did get Dana Evans in the trade...who they could've drafted at #8 in the first place.

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    The Sky stink this year. Up 4 about midway thru Q4, then the Sparks go on a 12-1 run. Now trailing by 6 w/ 30 seconds left. Indiana is historically bad, if it wasn't for them Chicago would be the worst team in the league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    The Sky stink this year. Up 4 about midway thru Q4, then the Sparks go on a 12-1 run. Now trailing by 6 w/ 30 seconds left. Indiana is historically bad, if it wasn't for them Chicago would be the worst team in the league.
    In the last 3 minutes, if you refuse to stop the ball and let the ball handler drive thru the key for a lay-up time after time, and you settle for questionable 3 point shots, you get what you deserve, another "L".

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    Sky have actually won 2 games in a row. Both were against Indiana, so not sure if that really counts.

    Candace Parker is back. I watched the 2nd half of today's game. She's fairly ball dominant, so that means Sloot has the ball in her hands less often. Sloot only had 5 assists today, but I saw probably 3 gimme buckets her teammates missed that should've been assists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Sky have actually won 2 games in a row. Both were against Indiana, so not sure if that really counts.

    Candace Parker is back. I watched the 2nd half of today's game. She's fairly ball dominant, so that means Sloot has the ball in her hands less often. Sloot only had 5 assists today, but I saw probably 3 gimme buckets her teammates missed that should've been assists.
    Sky are 3-0 with Parker and 1-7 without Parker.

    To be fair, several of those 7 losses they were without Quigley and Dolson as well as Parker.

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    Sky playing in one of the few games that have been on ESPN or ESPN2 this year. Jumped all over the Lynx to start (34-17 at one point), let them all the way back w/in 2, now stretching the lead out again before the half. Sloot is stat sheet stuffing--7 pts/7 assists/4 steals and a block for good measure.

    Candace Parker is no doubt very talented...but I've never liked the way she plays. Not impressing me today either.

    Sloot might hit the 2000 career assists mark tonight. 1990 coming into the game, 7 already at the half.

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    Sloot got that landmark out of the way midway thru Q3. Now she's been sitting for a while. Should be fresh and ready to go for Q4. Sky up big.

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    Sloot finished w/ 13 assists to go along w/ 10 pts. Sky killed the Lynx. Wasn't as close as the final margin indicates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Sloot finished w/ 13 assists to go along w/ 10 pts. Sky killed the Lynx. Wasn't as close as the final margin indicates.
    Yep, the Sky are up to 4th in the East, just 1/2 game behind Atlanta for 3rd and 2 games behind NY for 2nd place.

    Big news on CV from tonight:

    Allie Quigley scored a season-high 23 points, Courtney Vandersloot became the fourth player in WNBA history with 2,000 career assists and the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 105-89 on Tuesday night.

    Vandersloot joined Sue Bird, Ticha Penicheiro and Lindsay Whalen to reach the mark. Vandersloot also reached double-digit assists for the 60th time in her career, finishing with 10 points, 13 assists and four steals.
    Not bad Courtney. Keep on moving up.

    Currently in 4th place on the all-time assists leaderboard. Can't move up any further this year, but assuming good health and no injuries, CV should catch 3rd place Lindsay Whalen near the end of next year (2022) and likely #2 Ticha Penicheiro near the end of the 2023 season. To make it to #1 (Sue Bird), Courtney would have to play 4-5 years after Sue retires, which could happen after this years season as Bird just turned 40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    To make it to #1 (Sue Bird), Courtney would have to play 4-5 years after Sue retires, which could happen after this years season as Bird just turned 40.

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    You'd think Bird has to retire sooner than later. But she's showing no signs of slowing down, looks great so far this year. After missing 3/4 of the previous 2 seasons, she appears to be completely healthy this year and not showing her age at all. Putting up good assists numbers, Sloot is gaining on her but slowly. There is nothing about the way she talks, or plays, or acts, that gives the slightest indication Bird intends this to be her swan song.



    And this has nothing to do with anything but I gotta give a shout out to probably my all time favorite player, Kelsey Plum. Her pro career has been fairly up and down, but she went off tonight and looked pretty much like the player she was in college. Career high 32 points, 11-16 shooting, just missed setting a WNBA record for most points in a game for a bench player. And the best part was she couldn't stop smiling. She's admitted there have been times she's lost her joy for playing the game as a pro, but certainly appears to have it back again now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    You'd think Bird has to retire sooner than later. But she's showing no signs of slowing down, looks great so far this year. After missing 3/4 of the previous 2 seasons, she appears to be completely healthy this year and not showing her age at all. Putting up good assists numbers, Sloot is gaining on her but slowly. There is nothing about the way she talks, or plays, or acts, that gives the slightest indication Bird intends this to be her swan song.



    And this has nothing to do with anything but I gotta give a shout out to probably my all time favorite player, Kelsey Plum. Her pro career has been fairly up and down, but she went off tonight and looked pretty much like the player she was in college. Career high 32 points, 11-16 shooting, just missed setting a WNBA record for most points in a game for a bench player. And the best part was she couldn't stop smiling. She's admitted there have been times she's lost her joy for playing the game as a pro, but certainly appears to have it back again now.
    I have heard, in some of her interviews prior to the start of the season, that Sue wanted to make it through to the Olympics and then see how it all works out. Playing pain free, playing well and playing for one of, if not the best, team in the WNBA would not be hard to see her continue on to next season and beyond. Sloot is currently just under a 1,000 assists behind Bird and is catching her at a rate of 70-100 per year. Sloot is averaging 250-300 assists per year over the last 5 years (including this one), hence the 4-5 years need to catch Bird after she retires. Sloot is currently 32 years old, so while I can see CV playing another 4-5 years (as long as she remains healthy), I would not count on her playing much more than that.

    Yes, Kelsey look really good tonight, considering that she did not start the game and still played more than 30 minutes. If she plays as well as she did tonight, she will be back in the starting line-up shortly. Perhaps the best thing, as you said, was she was smiling and playing with confidence.

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    Sloot is getting warmed up. Another double-double, 11 pts/10 assists. Another win for they Sky. 4 in a row? They trailed the entire first half, surged ahead by 13 late in Q4, then saw the lead get sliced down to 6 in the final minute. At least they didn't figure out a way to blow it this time.

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    Good and Bad for the Sky Last Night:

    Good - Beat the 2nd (now 3rd) best team in the WNBA.
    Bad - Had their lunch handed to them by the Sun bigs.
    Good - Chicago only had 12 turnovers. Much easier to win when you don't turn the ball over 20+ times
    Bad - Chicago only shot 21+% from 3. Won't go to far if you can't shoot better from long range.
    Good - Everybody is healthy, at least for now.

    What was interesting is that with Candace Parker (6'4"), Ruthy Hebard (6'4"), Astou Ndour-Fall (6'5"), Stefanie Dolson (6'5"), & Azurį Stevens (6'6") on the roster, who did the Sky elect to take the opening tip? Yep, Stephanie Dolson, probably the least athletic of the Sky bigs. I bet that Diamond DeShields (6'1") could out-jump Dolson.

    Another interesting tidbit. Katie Lou Samuelson who was drafted by Chicago out of Connecticut and never fit in was traded to Dallas and showed absolutely nothing for the Wings is now starting for the Seattle Storm, the best team in the league. Hmmmmmm.

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    Connecticut was even missing one of the leading POY candidates in Jonquel Jones. If the Sun bigs dominated the Sky without her, that's a really, really bad sign.

    Yeah, about KLS. She is starting. She's been up and down this year, there have been some good signs at least. But she's averaging 6.8 ppg as a starter, that's nothing to write home about. And a supposed 3 point specialist is hitting 36%, not exactly great. She's not making anybody forget Alysha Clark. If she wasn't starting, Stephanie Talbot would be. SOMEBODY has to be the starting 3. I can't believe KLS is all they managed to get in a trade for the #1 draft pick, even though that pick isn't doing much so far. She appears to be one of those UConn players that was definitely much better in college than as a pro, I don't see her ever being anything other than a role player.

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    Sky vs. Sun is on CBS right now. I turned the game on just at halftime. Chicago used a big 2nd quarter (+15) to take the lead going into the break. My jinx was in full effect. Connecticut started Q3 on a 10-0 run and the Sky looked awful. I turned it off and they recovered. It's amazing how often I can do that.

    Sloot doing Sloot things. 13 pts/8 assists (and no TOs!) nearing end of Q3.

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    Not watching the game worked like a charm. Sky win by 10. 18 pts/11 assists for Sloot.

    5 straight wins for Chicago. Probably all credit will be given to Parker, but I think getting Quigley back has been at least as important. Candace scored 3 points today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Not watching the game worked like a charm. Sky win by 10. 18 pts/11 assists for Sloot.

    5 straight wins for Chicago. Probably all credit will be given to Parker, but I think getting Quigley back has been at least as important. Candace scored 3 points today.
    Yup, good game from Sloot. To further her stat line, 18 pts on 6-10 shooting overall, 2-2 from 3 and 4-4 from the charity stripe. Her 11 assists came with only 1 turnover and 5 rebounds and a steal.

    Stat of the game, Sloot added to her WNBA record for double-doubles (points & assists) up to 43.

    Great team win. Everybody who played not named Parker or Cooper shot essentially 50% or better. Sloot led the team with 18 points on 60% shooting. Don't discount Ruthy Hebard who is one of the most efficient scorers in the WNBA & today gathered 13 points on 6-7 shooting overall and 1-1 from the charity stripe to go with 4 steals.

    Once again, Sky got manhandled in the paint with the Suns Brionna Jones (C), Kaila Charles (SF) and DeWanna Bonner (PF) who gathered 49 points and 20 rebounds compared to the Sky's starting bigs, DeSheilds (SF), Parker (PF) and Dolson (C) with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

    The Sky better keep shooting well because they can't stop anybody inside.

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    Is Ndour injured? I'm not convinced that the Parker/Dolson duo is any more effective than Ndour and Hebard, who were starting in their absence.

    Even Stevens, who hasn't been particularly good, chipped in 11 off the bench today.

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