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Bench play helps Sky dismantle Mystics

Even with Chicago Sky superstar Elena Delle Donne having an off night offensively, the Sky's bench stepped up immensely, as Chicago demolished the Washington Mystics.

Elena Delle Donne was held to just 11 points on Wednesday in the Sky's 85-57 victory over the Mystics.

However, it was Chicago's bench, who scored 42 points, which led them to their fourth straight win. Allie Quigley scored a team-high 15 points, and Jamierra Faulkner finished with 12.

"I think sometimes you try to cut the head of the snake off, but Elena is not just the head of our snake," said Pokey Chatman, Chicago Sky head coach and general manager. "She doesn't have to score for us to be successful."

Delle Donne picked up her eighth double-double of the season despite shooting just 36% from the field, as she grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

After only leading by three going into the first quarter, it was the second quarter when the Sky began to break away, outscoring the Mystics 27-11.

In her first career start, Clarissa Dos Santos scored all 11 of her points in the second quarter, along with Cappie Pondexter, who scored 10 of her 14 points in the second quarter as well.

The Mystics' Stefanie Dolson headed to the third with 11 points and six boards, she would end with 15 and 10, her fourth double-double of the season. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt went 3-for-5 in the first half, finishing the game with 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

But after the 51-32 halftime score, the Mystics would never make it back into the game. Chicago led Washington by as many as 31 in the second half.

"When they came to the huddle to start the third quarter I told them I wanted Washington to score less than 18 points," said Chatman. "Once we got that momentum and got to the next level of defense of helping the helper and then boxing out, we were in good shape."

The Sky forced 15 turnovers which led to 18 points, while the Mystics had only nine points off nine turnovers.

"I think we were just trying to force some things, not letting the play come to us, and reading the defense," said Mystics center Stefanie Dolson. "We were a little hyped up for the game and weren't making good decisions on offense and that led to a lot of turnovers."

Chicago used its team speed to score 15 fast break points, while Washington earned just four - another reason, Mystic's head coach, Mike Thibault, agreed that Chicago came to play on Wednesday.

Another contributing factor to the decisive victory was points in the paint. Chicago scored an impressive 40 points in the paint, while Washington was held to just 22.

"They [Chicago Sky] outplayed us in every phase of the game. We didn't make shots, they did," he said. "Chicago played great. They were ready."

Both teams will lace up again on Friday when Washington faces Indiana and Chicago will take on Minnesota.