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Recap: Sky weather Storm thanks to Quigley’s and DeShields’ big days

Allie Quigley and Diamond DeShields both passed the 20-point mark in the 83-79 victory. Plus, Courtney Vandersloot found herself just two rebounds away from another triple-double.

Allie Quigley continued her scoring dominance against the Storm, putting up 25 points in the Sky’s win Saturday night.
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Allie Quigley displayed a particular type of ownage over the Seattle Storm last season: Her 20.3 points in each contest tied for her most against any other team she faced.

But when compared to Breanna Stewart’s 29.3 points per game against the Chicago Sky in that same period, Quigley’s scoring output against the Storm didn’t quite meet the mark for the type of dominant scorer the Sky needed to win.

With Stewart not a concern on the court this season, though, Quigley’s game-high 25 points took a starring role as the Sky beat the Storm on Saturday night, 83-79. It was Chicago’s first win over Seattle since 2017.

Diamond DeShields added 21 points and five rebounds for the Sky, while Courtney Vandersloot was two rebounds shy of her second career triple-double, finishing with 10 points, 11 assists and a team-high eight boards.

Chicago jumped out to an early lead following a high-scoring, back-and-forth first quarter. Naturally, the Sky’s scoring opened with a Quigley three. She would go on to make three of her six attempts from that distance.

But the defending champions, who were led in scoring by Natasha Howard’s 21 points, stuck around for the entire game. The fourth quarter saw Seattle close a five-point gap to tie things up, and then take several two-point leads that the Sky erased right away.

Quigley and Vandersloot scored Chicago’s last eight points to seal the win.

Despite shooting just 39.2 percent, Seattle had three players in double figures besides Howard, as Jewell Loyd scored 17 in her homecoming, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 16 and Jordin Canada had 11 to go with six assists.

Howard, who has led the Storm in scoring in every game so far, also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

Up next: The Storm head home to host the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, Twitter). The Sky hit the road to take on the Washington Mystics on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network).