Quigley scores 20 as Sky beat Fever 77-72 in playoff opener


CHICAGO — Allie Quigley scored 20 points to help the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 77-72 Thursday night in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Courtney Vandersloot added 19 points for the second-seeded Sky in the best-of-three series. League MVP Elena Delle Donne, who was averaging a WNBA-best 23.4 points, had 14 points – 12 after halftime.

Tamika Catchings led the third-seeded Fever with 21 points and Marissa Coleman added 16.

Game 2 is Saturday in Indianapolis.

Coleman hit a 3 with 8:06 left to give Indiana a 56-54 lead, its first since the game’s early minutes. The Sky went back ahead, 59-58, on Erika DeSouza’s layup.

Jessica Breland’s putback gave the Sky a 75-71 lead with 1:23 remaining. Catchings missed a free throws with 1:13 left and also a 3 with 15.6 seconds to go.