Elena Delle Donne's usual high-powered performance in her return from an illness wasn't enough to keep the Chicago Sky unbeaten ahead of their first road game this season.
The Sky seek to bounce back Sunday while spoiling the Atlanta Dream's home opener.
Delle Donne had 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting Wednesday in her season debut, but Chicago lost 97-80 to reigning champion Minnesota. With 18 points, Cappie Pondexter was the only other Sky starter in double figures and one of three overall for the team.
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Chicago (1-1) opened the season with a 93-70 victory against Connecticut on May 14 while Delle Donne, last season's league MVP, sat out.
Delle Donne, who led the WNBA with 23.4 points per game in 2015, averaged 32.7 and 9.7 rebounds in her three games against Atlanta (1-1). She tallied a career-high 45 points and 11 boards in 100-96 overtime home victory June 24.
Chicago won the final three of its four matchups with the Dream and earned a 98-96 victory in Atlanta on Aug. 29 while Delle Donne sat out because of an ailing foot. The Sky have won in four of their last five visits, including two in the 2014 playoffs.
The Dream also dropped their latest game, 94-85 to Indiana on Friday, and couldn't overcome a 15-point deficit in the final seven minutes. Layshia Clarendon scored a career-high 19 points while matching Tiffany Hayes for the team lead.
The two players also combined for 10 of Atlanta's 21 turnovers, and the Fever registered 17 steals.
“It was our inefficiency to come down and make the right play,” coach Michael Cooper said. “I think we were just throwing the ball in too loose. When you do that, good teams capitalize on it.”
Angel McCoughtry has scored 15 in each of the first two games, including a 73-63 overtime win against San Antonio on May 14, and is off the pace from her 20.1 per game in 2015. She averaged 24.8 points in the four games against Chicago and had a season-high 34 in the overtime loss.
She also had 33 points and 11 rebounds in the final matchup in 2015.
Atlanta was 9-8 at home last season and finished 15-19 overall while missing the playoffs for the first time since its inaugural 2008 campaign. The Dream were 13-4 on their own floor in each of the previous two campaigns.