With Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne out indefintely due to a thumb injury, it would have been easy for the Sky to fold.
Instead, Chicago has won back-to-back games, including a classic 98-97 victory over the Minnesota Lynx Tuesday night, to take command of the fourth seed in the WNBA playoff race. And Imani Boyette has been a big reason why.
After putting up a 13-point, six-rebound, three-block and two-steal performance in a win over Connecticut Sunday, Boyette came out ready to dominate in the overtime period Tuesday night in Minnesota. With time winding down on the Lynx, she flew through the air to do this to Seimone Augustus’ shot attempt.
Boyette’s statistical game has translated well from her senior year at Texas. She’s in the WNBA’s top ten in offensive rebounding percentage, defensive rebounding percentage and block percentage, while her 58.5 true shooting percentage is just outside the top ten.
Should the Sky hold onto the fourth seed, it provides an automatic bye into the second round of the playoffs. And the Sky will look back on this one as a big reason why.