About the Team

The Chicago Sky are a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Chicago, Illinois. They began league play in 2006. From 2006-2009, the UIC Pavilion was their home court. Starting in 2010, the Sky will be playing all home games at All-State Arena in Rosemont, IL. (more  from Wikipedia…)

The 2006 SeasonChicago Sky 2006: The 2006 WNBA season marked the inaugural season for the Chicago Sky. The Sky finished its first season with a record of 5-29. Super-rookie Candice Dupree led the Sky in scoring with 13.7 points per game while center Benadette Ngoyisa led the team in rebounding with 5.6 per game. Jia Perkins led the team in assists, averaging 3.2 dimes per game. The Sky’s first regular-season victory occurred on May 20th, 2006 (opening night) against the Charlotte Sting in North Carolina. The Sky’s first home win occurred on June 29th, also against the Sting. The Sky also notched victories over New York, Minnesota and Indiana during this inaugural season. At the conclusion of the 2006 season, the first head coach and GM of the Sky, Dave Cowens, resigned.

Chicago Sky 2007The 2007 Season: Armed with a new head coach and GM (Bo Overton), a re-vamped coaching staff (Key, White and Reding), a veteran post (Chasity Melvin acquired by trading Monique Currie, the #1 pick in the Dispersal Draft, to the Washington Mystics), two significant free agent acquisitions (Canty and Christensen) and the #3 and #10 picks in the college draft (Armintie Price and Carla Thomas), the Sky were a much improved team in 2007. They completed the ’07 season with a 14-20 record, successfully notching 9 more wins than in their inaugural season. The Sky were in playoff contention throughout most of the summer but were eventually beat out late in the season by the NY Liberty for the 4th and final playoff spot in the Eastern conference. Candice Dupree repeated as the Sky’s lone All-Star. Dupree and Jia Perkins were both named ‘Player of the Week’ in July and Armintie Price was named ‘Rookie of the Year.’

Chicago Sky 2008

The 2008 Season: With the departure of Bo Overton a few months prior to the start of the 2008 season, former Sky assistant coach Steven Key was named the new GM/head coach of the Chicago Sky in 2008. With the #2 pick in the college draft, the Chicago Sky drafted 6’6″ centerSylvia Fowles from LSU. The Sky also selected Quianna Chaney (also from LSU) with the 19th pick and Angela Tisdale (from Baylor) with the 33rd pick. The Sky lost Carla Thomas to the Atlanta Dream in the expansion draft. Stacey Dales retired from WNBA basketball to focus on her broadcasting career with ESPN. The Sky finished the 2008 season with a record of 12-22. Jia Perkins led the team in scoring (17 ppg) and Candice Dupree led the team in rebounding (7.9 rpg). Sylvia Fowles won a gold medal in Bejing as part of the USA Olympic team. She was also named to the All-Defensive 2nd team.

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