Sky needs to balance maintaining defensive strength and avoiding foul trouble


After winning their first two games, Sky haven’t emphasized much of a change. Avoiding foul trouble was the top priority heading into Friday’s home opener against the Mystics.

In Sky’s first two games, Kahlea copper and Rebecca Gardner They were the players most affected by foul trouble. Both had three personal fouls against the Lynx. Against Mercury, Copper scored four and Gardner scored five. Meanwhile, Sky gave the Lynx 21 free throws and Mercury 24.

But as much as Gardner has stressed avoiding foul trouble, Sky will have to walk a fine line as defensive intensity will be the catalyst for success this season. Sky tallied 19 steals and forced 41 turnovers in his first two games.

Coach/General Manager James Wade He said he wanted his players to remain aggressive and would not try to hold them back.

“We’re not going to stop doing what we’re doing,” Wade said. ”I would love to see [Rebekah Gardner] You can play more than 14 minutes, but if you have 3 fouls in 2 minutes, you can’t. I want Rebecca to be as proactive as she has always been. Her defense was really good. She’s one of the best defenders in the league and I wouldn’t tell her not to play defense. ”

do a show

Sky’s home opener was made for a party and directed by a Los Angeles-based house producer and DJ honey love.

Sky approached her on social media to help set the vibe he was trying to establish at Wintrust Arena. She wants to match the energetic personalities of her players.

For HoneyLuv, who grew up with plans to play in the WNBA, it was a dream come true.

“Basketball has been my life since I was six years old,” Honeylove said. “I stopped playing when I was 19. I tore my anterior cruciate ligament twice in high school. I thought, “Maybe it’s time to move on.” ”

Music has always been an outlet for HoneyLuv. So when her basketball career ended, she dove into her music career. After years of honing her craft while in the military and operating turntables in her barracks, which she called home, she decided to pursue her DJ career professionally in Los Angeles. moved to It’s been two years since then, and HoneyLuv is performing all over the country.

Coming to Chicago wasn’t special just because of her love of the WNBA. It is also the birthplace of house music.

“I always want to be around an audience that knows history and just appreciates music in general,” Honeylove said. “There aren’t many places like that in America. It’s really exciting to be able to go back home and immerse yourself in that culture.”

Injury updates

guard marina mabry He missed Sunday’s game against Mercury with an ankle injury, but was available against the Mystics. Wade said he didn’t think he needed to be timed, but he was going to be careful.

Wade also provided a fresh update on the injured forward Isabelle Harrison. After Harrison said earlier this week that he underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee and will be rehabbing in Dallas, he said he may not be playing at all this season.

“I don’t expect much from her this year,” said Wade of Harrison, who signed a two-year protected veteran deal as a free agent.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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