The Chicago Sky Tip-Off Their Season Tonight, So Here’s a Look at the Schedule
The WNBA will officially tip off its season tonight with four games.
Featured live on ESPN will be the return of Brittney Griner, as the Phoenix Mercury face off against the LA Sparks at 10:00 p.m. CT. Meanwhile, one of the other three contests will see the new-look Chicago Sky against the Minnesota Lynx. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. CT at the Target Center.
So with the Sky only a handful of hours away from starting an anticipated season, I thought we might as well take a look at their full schedule below.
Here ya go:
May 19 – @ Minnesota Lynx (7:00 p.m. CT)
May 21 – @ Phoenix Mercury (3:00 pm. CT)
May 26 – vs. Washington Mystics (7:00 p.m. CT)***
May 28 – vs. Dallas Wings (5:00 p.m. CT)
May 30 – @ Atlanta Dream (6:00 p.m. CT)**
June 2 – vs. New York Liberty (5:00 p.m.CT)**
June 4 – @ New York Liberty (1:00 p.m. CT)**
June 6 – vs. Indiana Fever (7:00 p.m. CT)**
June 9 – @ Los Angeles Sparks (9:00 p.m. CT)
June 11 – @ Las Vegas Aces (2:00 p.m. CT)
June 15 – vs. Indiana Fever (7:00 p.m. CT)
June 18 – @ Washington Mystics (2:00 p.m. CT)**
June 22 – vs. Washington Mystics (7:00 p.m. CT)
June 25 – @ Connecticut Sun (12:00 p.m. CT)**
June 28 – vs. Los Angeles Sparks (11:00 a.m. CT)
June 30 – vs. Los Angeles Sparks (7:00 p.m. CT)
July 2 – @ Indiana Fever (3:00 p.m. CT)**
July 7 – vs. Atlanta Dream (7:00 p.m. CT)**
July 9 – vs. Atlanta Dream (7:00 p.m. CT)
July 12 – vs. Connecticut Sun (11:00 a.m. CT)**
July 20 – @ Phoenix Mercury (9:00 p.m. CT)
July 22 – @ Seattle Storm (8:00 p.m. CT)
July 23 – vs. Las Vegas Aces (6:00 p.m. CT)
July 28 – vs. Seattle Storm (7:00 p.m. CT)
July 30 – vs. Phoenix Mercury (3:00 p.m. CT)
August 4 – @ Dallas Wings (7:00 p.m. CT)
August 6 – @ Dallas Wings (3:00 p.m. CT)
August 8 – vs. Minnesota Lynx (7:00 p.m. CT)
August 11 – @ New York Liberty (7:00. p.m. CT)
August 13 – @ Washington Mystics (2:00 p.m. CT)
August 18 – @ Atlanta Dream (6:30 p.m. CT)
August 20 – vs. Connecticut Sun (4:00 p.m. CT)
August 22 – vs. Seattle Storm (7:00 p.m. CT)
August 24 – vs. Las Vegas Aces (7:00 p.m. CT)
August 27 – @ Seattle Storm (5:00 p.m. CT)
August 29 – @ Los Angeles Sparks (9:20 p.m. CT)
September 3 – vs. New York Liberty (2:00 p.m. CT)
September 5 – @ Indiana Fever (6:00 p.m. CT)
September 8 – vs. Minnesota Lynx (7:00 p.m. CT)
September 10 – @ Connecticut Sun (12:00 p.m. CT)
*** Home Opener
** Counts Toward Commissioner’s Cup
Aside from the team’s tough home opener against the Washington Mystics on May 26, the Sky’s next two home contests should be circled in big red marker on your calendar. Their matchup with the Dallas Wings on May 28 will mark Marina Mabrey’s first revenge game. The Chicago Sky acquired her in a blockbuster four-team trade this offseason, sending out a hefty price of Diamond DeShields and two first-round draft picks.
As for the Sky’s following home game on June 2, it will be a homecoming for Courtney Vandersloot. The long-time member of the Sky made four All-Star games over her 12 seasons in Chicago. She ultimately left as a free agent this summer to join arguably the favorites to win the WNBA title, the New York Liberty. One of the strongest superteams we’ve seen in quite some time, New York has Vandersloot running alongside Sabrina Ionescu, Jonquel Jones, and Breanna Stewart. Stefanie Dolson – who won a ring with Chicago – is also on the roster.
Another notable matchup that should be worth seeing at Wintrust Arena will happen both on July 23rd and August 24th. The reigning champion Las Vegas Aces will play two of their three battles with the Sky in Chicago. Not only will fans be able to see superstar talent in Kelsey Plum and A’ja Wilson, but hometown hero Candace Parker signed with the team as a free agent this offseason.
The last major thing to keep in mind is just how tough the end of the year will be for the Sky. Four of their last nine matchups will come against the Aces, Sun (x2), and Liberty. All things considered, those very well could be the top 3 squads in the league. Add in a sold Lynx roster that just selected Diamond Miller No. 2 overall and a potentially improved Sparks squad that pulled head coach Curt Miller away from the Sun, and … OOF.
If one thing is for sure, though, I expect Kahleah Copper to be ready for the challenge!
Anyway, for more on why this season will look so different for the Sky, check this out: