Allie Quigley drained a 3-point basket with 15.3 seconds to play as the Chicago Sky completed a comeback to defeat the Las Vegas Aces 88-86 in the season opener for both teams Sunday afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Chicago scored the game’s last 11 points.
The Aces didn’t score in the final four minutes, with a missed shot by Sugar Rodgers and, following another chance when the ball went out of bounds off Chicago, a turnover dashing their hopes.
Kahleah Cooper led Chicago with 18 points, Gabby Williams pumped in 14, Azura Stevens chipped in 14 and Quigley finished with 10.
Angel McCoughtry poured in 25 points for Las Vegas in a grand return to action after a career-threatening injury. A’ja Wilson added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Aces.
McCoughtry, who hadn’t played since 2018 because of knee injuries, signed with Las Vegas as a free agent in February. She has made five All-Star Game appearances and has more than 5,000 career points.
Dearica Hamby provided 14 points and eight rebounds off the Las Vegas bench. She had the team’s last points on a layup at the 4:29 mark.
The Aces were without the benefit of a 3-point basket. They were 0-for-5 from long range. The Sky were 9-for-27 from long distance.
The Aces built several double-digit leads only to have Chicago rally. The Sky trimmed an 86-77 hole to 86-85 before the winning shot.
On the possession prior to taking the lead, Chicago had three chances to go ahead, missing two shots and then committing a turnover with 39 seconds left.
McCoughtry missed a jumper, leading to a Chicago timeout to set up the winning sequence.
The Sky scored the last 10 points of the first half to pull within 48-46 at the break. Courtney Vandersloot posted the first eight points of that surge.
McCoughtry and Wilson accounted for half of Las Vegas’ first-half points.
The Aces then scored the first 10 points of the second half to rebuild their lead to a dozen.
Las Vegas didn’t attempt a first-half 3-pointer until the final minute. It was within 45 seconds of being the first WNBA team in five years to go a half without a 3-point launch.
–Field Level Media