Sky-Sparks Preview

After missing a pair of games, Elena Delle Donne has recaptured her shooting stroke, with the Chicago Sky benefiting in back-to-back victories. They'll try to continue the perimeter onslaught Tuesday night in a road game against the Los Angeles Sparks, who lead the league in 3-point defense. Chicago (15-7) has lost five in a row at Los Angeles but leads the Eastern Conference and has a chance to post consecutive victories over the only teams with better records. The Sparks (16-7) are second in the West to league-best Minnesota, which fell 94-86 in overtime to the Sky on Sunday. They faced a 12-point deficit in the second half, but Delle Donne forced the extra frame by hitting a 3-pointer with four seconds left. The All-Star rookie finished with a season-high 32 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, in her third game since returning from a concussion. "Being down and to come back was incredible for us and many times before we haven't been able to do that," Delle Donne said. "To do that against the team with the best record in the league is a great statement for us." She was also 4 of 5 from 3-point range in Chicago's 77-61 win over Connecticut on Friday. The Sky have hit 14 of 30 3-point attempts over their last two games. They were 14 for 64 (21.9 percent) in the previous four games, going 1-3. Delle Donne leads the WNBA in 3-point shooting at 47.7 percent, while the Sparks limit opponents to a league-low 27.5 percent from that range. Chicago is still the lone East team to record a win over Los Angeles this season, claiming a 94-82 home victory June 29 despite missing 10 of 12 3-point tries. Delle Donne was 7 of 19 from the field but managed 20 points while Epiphanny Prince scored 21. Candace Parker scored a game-high 23 that day but is coming off a poor shooting performance, going 2 of 11 for 12 points in the Sparks' 85-67 win at New York on Saturday. Los Angeles got another strong effort off the bench from Jantel Lavender, who finished with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting. She's averaging 15.8 points over her last four games after averaging 5.4 in the previous 19. "We're hitting our stride, but we certainly haven't peaked yet," Parker said. "It's definitely a good sign when we get production from everyone. Our bench has been playing well." The Sparks ended their five-game trip with four straight wins, but have lost their last two home games after starting 9-0 in Los Angeles. They haven't lost to Chicago at home since a 74-71 defeat July 1, 2007.