Diamond DeShields matched a career high with 30 points off the bench, and the Chicago Sky concluded the regular season with a needed victory going into the playoffs, 98-87 over the visiting Indiana Fever on Sunday.
Allie Quigley scored 15, Kahleah Copper had 13 and reserve Astou Ndour-Fall added 12 for the Sky (16-16), who will be the sixth seed in the postseason, but had dropped four of their last five. Chicago shot 49.3 percent and used a 28-point third quarter to tire out a depleted Indiana squad that played just six players.
Kelsey Mitchell scored a season-high 32 and Emma Cannon added 19 for the Fever (6-26), who -- despite sitting last in the overall WNBA standings and ending their season with a seventh straight loss -- shot 47.1 percent and didn't make things easy for the Sky.
Chicago was behind 56-53 with 6:23 left in the left quarter when it began a 21-9 spurt that lasted the rest of the period to take control. DeShields, who went 8-of-13 from the field, tied the game with a 3, and recorded a layup after Candace Parker gave the Sky a two-point edge.
A Mitchell basket tied things at 60-60, but DeShields gave Chicago the lead for good with a bucket at the 3:48 mark of the third. The Sky scored seven of the final eight points of the period, and Ndour-Fall opened the fourth with a basket to put the hosts ahead 77-65.
Indiana trailed 35-33 early in the second quarter, but back-to-back 3s from Mitchell sparked a 9-0 run that put the visitors up 42-35. However, the Sky regrouped and fought back with a 7-0 run of their own, fueled by three straight points from DeShields, to tie the game at 42-42. The teams ended the first half locked at 46-46.
Six different players scored in the first quarter for Indiana, which hit 11 of its 21 shots in the period to take a 24-21 after the first 10 minutes.
--Field Level Media