Annie Costabile

Chicago Sky + Red Stars reporter

Annie Costabile covers the Chicago Sky and Red Stars for the Chicago Sun-Times.

“We couldn’t execute this game,” Interim coach/general manager Emre Vatansever said. “They really turned it up and we just couldn’t respond to it. We should have, but we couldn’t.”
“You gotta be scrappy,” Dana Evans said. “You have to have something to you, and I think that’s what makes the group special.”
Under interim coach/general manager Emre Vatansever, the Sky have gone 8-12 with two losing streaks of four games or more.
“This league has the potential to really break through in terms of being a really successful business,” Ricketts said. “I’ve invested in a lot of things that uplift women and focus on equity. For me, personally, this is in that sweet spot.”
Her late-game heroics have Sky in contention for final berth
Coming into Tuesday’s game, the Sky were a game and a half behind the Sparks for the eighth and final playoff spot. What gives the Sparks an edge as both teams continue their playoff pushes is their rosters’ collective experience winning championships.
“I feel like we could have finished at least five,” Copper said. “If you look at some of the losses we’ve taken, I know there’s stuff we could have done better.”
In the last five games, Evans’ production has spiked. She’s averaging 14.4 points and 4.4 assists in 21 minutes
The victory moved the Sky 1 1/2 games behind the Sparks in the battle for eighth and final playoff spot and added to the importance of the matchup between the teams Tuesday in Los Angeles.