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2013-14 Chicago Sky offseason: Sky bolster their frontcourt in the 2014 WNBA draft

After earning their first-ever playoff berth in 2013, the Chicago Sky will look to win their first playoff game and advance beyond the first round in 2014.

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Interview with Chicago rookie Markeisha Gatling

Swish Appeal chats with Chicago Sky 2014 first round pick Markeisha Gatling, a 6-foot-5 center out of N.C. State, about her early impressions from training camp, draft night, and what she needs to work on.

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Q&A: Chicago's Sylvia Fowles on injury & rehab

Swish Appeal talks to Chicago Sky All-Star center Sylvia Fowles about her injury, rehab, filling Swin Cash's leadership role.

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Interview: Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman

Swish Appeal sits down with Chicago Sky head coach Pokey Chatman.

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Swintastic! Atlanta Dream acquires Swin Cash

The Atlanta Dream pick up two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time All Star Swin Cash from the Chicago Sky in a pre-season trade.

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What impact will Fowles' injury have on Chicago?

The Chicago Sky center will be sidelined for at least some part of the season, what impact will this have on the team as they try to get back to the playoffs and make a run for the Eastern Conference championship?

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Round 3, Pick 10: Chicago adds Jamierra Faulkner

With the 34th pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, the Chicago Sky selected point guard Jamierra Faulkner.

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Jameirra Faulkner, Southern Mississippi: Faulkner is yet another high-usage smallish point guard in this year's draft. The difference for Faulkner: she also leads the nation in assists and has a very strong pure point rating for a point guard prospect. With that combination of usage and distributing efficiency, Faulkner looks like a fairly strong prospect on the surface.

The challenge, in addition to size, might be shooting: as a career-high 35.8% 3-point shooter this season and a 29.8% career 3-point shooter, Faulkner is a good but not great shooter. For most smaller guards around the WNBA, that arc is ultimately their saving grace - 5-foot-4 Utah grad Leilani Mitchell is one such example. And when you add Faulkner's marginal MVP rating, her chances seem to dwindle a bit.

But if Faulkner can continue to improve her range, she'll have a chance at becoming a contributor. Unfortunately for Southern Mississippi, they could be on the outside of the NCAA Tournament looking in after falling in the Conference USA tournament - that extra exposure might have given a player like Faulkner a boost.

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Round 2, Pick 10: Chicago selects Cal's Brandon

The Chicago Sky have selected Cal's Gennifer Brandon with the 22nd pick of the 2014 WNBA Draft.

Wows: Have you seen her jump before? When she does so, she goes very high in the air. She uses that altitude to grab many basketballs that come off the rim. It's quite enjoyable to watch. Obviously, Chicago has identified rebounding as an area of improvement and Brandon, though not exactly hyped up as such, does that as well or better than almost anyone else in the nation.

Wonders: The major question for her as a prospect might be her slight frame. Will that pose a problem for her on the boards in the WNBA?

Worries: The real challenge for Brandon as a prospect statistically speaking is her rather low scoring efficiency. I once joked with Cal fans that she seemed to make the crazy off-balance shots that required amazing feats of athleticism better than the standard shot at the rim. If she can just continue to work on finishing after a senior season that was interrupted by injury and personal issues, she could become a contributor.

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Round 1, Pick 10: Sky select Markeisha Gatling

The Chicago Sky selected N.C. State center Markeisha Gatling with the 10th pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.

Wows: There's not a more efficient post scorer among the post prospects in this draft class and Gatling does it impressively. She establishes position in the post as well or better than some WNBA post players and makes her moves decisively.

Wonders: She very much has a power game and you just have to wonder how easily she'll score against WNBA posts. Gatling is extremely effective right around the basket, but considerably less so once she gets pushed out beyond five feet.

Worries: The only concern about Gatling is that she's one of a few post players who suffers from something of a low personal foul efficiency rate. It won't get any easier to avoid fouling at the WNBA level.

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SA community mock draft: Who should Chicago pick?

As we near the end of our community mock draft, the Chicago Sky are on the clock with the 10th pick in the draft.

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Chicago Sky signs Jessica Breland to a contract

The Chicago Sky announced that forward Jessica Breland was signed to a contract. She played for the Indiana Fever in 2013.

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Shay Murphy records a personal best

In an interview published at FibaEurope.com, Shay Murphy talks about her experiences in Euroleague Women and also about her plans to represent Montenegro next summer.

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And La Copa goes to Perfumerias Avenida

Angelica Robinson was the Copa de la Reina Final MVP when Perfumerias Avenida beat Rivas Ecopolis 69-67 in overtime. The Georgia graduate scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, in a game where Eshaya Murphy scored the decisive two points from the line, with seconds to play in overtime. Murphy finished the game with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals!

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Angelica Robinson and Eshaya Murphy shine in Spain

Angelica Robinson and Eshaya Murphy helped Perfumerias Avenida winning the Copa de la Reina Semi-Final, today, beating Gran Canaria by 66-58. Angelica Robinson was the game MVP, with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

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Chicago Sky to host preseason game in Delaware

The Chicago Sky announced that the team will host a preseason game against the Washington Mystics at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Sports/Convocation Center on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:00 PM ET.  Sky forward Elena Delle Donne went to the University of Delaware for her college basketball career, so this will give her a homecoming of sorts.

The Washington Mystics announced that there will be a bus trip arranged for their fans to attend the game.

Both teams will also start their regular seasons on the following Friday, May 16 and with good story lines.  The Sky will host the Indiana Fever which will be a rematch of a first round playoff match last year between the teams.  The Mystics will host the Minnesota Lynx, the defending WNBA Champions.  Last year, the Mystics defeated the Lynx in their two regular season matches, which was the highest point in their season.

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WNBA participates in NBA All-Star festivities

Several of the WNBA's past and present stars visited the crescent city over the weekend for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.

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Video: Cash, Team Bosh win Shooting Stars again

Swin Cash and Team Bosh won their second consecutive Shooting Stars competition during 2014 NBA All-Star weekend.

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WNBA at 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend Photo Gallery

From the league site. Tamika Catchings, Ruth Riley, Swin Cash were among those who took part in some league events yesterday, including the 2014 NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic.

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EDD & Diggins will be part of NBA All-Star Weekend

Today, the NBA announced that Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne and Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins will be in the 2014 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game as part of NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans from February 14-16.

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What are the 2013 Big Three Rookies up to?

The Big Three Rookies of the 2013 Draft Class: Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, and Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins are now in the middle of a long WNBA offseason, and they're now no longer rookies! Let's take a look and see what they're up to during the winter.

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How the Fever made the Sky fall

The fourth-seeded Indiana Fever beat the top-seeded Chicago Sky 79-57 yesterday to sweep their first round series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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