ATLANTA — Guard Courtney Vandersloot made a tiebreaking jumper from the top of the key with 20.9 seconds remaining to seal the Sky's 80-77 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night in the opener of the WNBA Eastern Conference semifinal series at Philips Arena.
Vandersloot, who finished with 13 points and seven assists, added a free throw with 1.6 seconds left to give the fourth-seeded Sky their first-ever playoff win.
Game 2 in the best-of-three series is at 6 p.m. Sunday at Allstate Arena.
Elena Delle Donne led the Sky with 21 points, Epiphanny Price added 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Sylvia Fowles had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Dream forward Angel McCoughtry scored a game-high 24 points and outscored the Sky 9-2 to give the Dream a 77-75 lead with 1:40 left.
But Atlanta never scored another point. Young tied it with a driving layup with 58.4 seconds remaining and Vandersloot came through with the winning shot. Atlanta was 0-for-4 from the field in the final minute.
The Dream got 12 points and eight rebounds from Erika de Souza and a team-high 14 rebounds from Sancho Lyttle.
Although the Dream earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference, they lost three of five regular-season meetings with Chicago.
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