Chicago, IL -- Chicago inched closer to the of the playoffs and it's goal of competing for a championship in its 92-71 win over Tulsa Friday night.
All-Star guard Elena Delle Donne scored 21 points tonight en route to becoming the Sky's all-time leading scorer. The Wilmington, DE achieved that feat in less than three seasons.
With a championship run in mind, Delle Donne sat most of the second half as the Chicago Sky built a double-digit lead but not before scoring 17 of her 21 points in the first half on 7-of-9 shooting.
The MVP-candidate also made her 100th career three-pointer midway through the second quarter.
The Shock persevered on offense and managed to keep pace with Chicago through the first half. Tulsa shot 51.5% during the first two periods.
"[Tulsa] had a lot of points in the paint. And size," head coach Pokey Chatman said. "They were able to capitalize on it and we weren't able to keep their size away from the basket."
Brianna Kiesel and forward Vicki Baugh were tasked with providing Tulsa with the scoring it desperately needs late in the season. The pair combined to score 34 points, but a majority of those points came in the first half.
Guard Jordan Hooper finished the night with 16 points, while Tiffany Jackson-Jones came off the bench to score 10 points for the Shock.
Tulsa had trouble sustaining its offense throughout the game shooting just 22% in the third period, despite having four players finish in double-figures.
What Tulsa lacks is a healthy group of players it can rely on late in games. They've had to play with only eight players for over a month now.
The Shock's weakness has been the Sky's strength all season long.
"I feel like were a different team now," Delle Donne said. "Our bench is so strong this year. When you get to the playoffs you have to be able to call on anybody, and that's been a huge difference for us."
Second-year guard Jamierra Faulkner continues to impress down the stretch. The Southern Miss alum finished the game with 9 points and 5 assists and has gained the confidence necessary to be a solid contributor on a championship team.
Sharpshooter Allie Quigley continues to produce at a high level as well, and spreads the floor when the Sky need it most. The DePaul alum finished the night with 14 points.
Chicago will wrap its season up on Sunday versus Connecticut.
Tulsa will finish its season at Phoenix on Sunday before the playoffs start.