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Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot return to Chicago Sky

Allie Quigley has won the 3-point contest three times. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot are each returning to the Chicago Sky on one-year deals, the team confirmed Thursday. The move reunites the married couple and longtime teammates after they helped lead the Sky to their first WNBA championship last season.

Quigley’s fully-protected deal is worth $135,000, while Vandersloot’s is also fully protected for $195,000, sources tell Just Women’s Sports.

With Quigley and Vandersloot locked in, the Sky enter the 2022 season with their entire starting five from the 2021 WNBA Finals under contract.

Quigley, the No. 22 pick of the Seattle Storm in the 2008 draft, bounced around the WNBA — Phoenix, Indiana, San Antonio and back to Seattle — and overseas leagues before settling in with the Sky in 2013. The Illinois native and DePaul grad revived her career with the Sky and has been integral to the team’s success during her nine seasons.

A three-time WNBA All-Star, two-time Sixth Woman of the Year and three-time champion of the 3-Point Contest, Quigley has averaged 12 points and 2.1 assists per game to go along with 40 percent shooting from the 3-point line during her time in Chicago.

Vandersloot has been with the Sky since they drafted her third overall out of Gonzaga in 2011. The point guard, who’s led the league in assists for five consecutive seasons, also holds the all-time WNBA records for the most assists in a season (300), the most assists in a game (18) and the highest assists average in a season (9.1 per game). A three-time All-Star, Vandersloot has averaged 10.1 points and 6.7 assists per game on 44 percent shooting from the field during her 11-year career.

Vandersloot’s decision to return to Chicago comes after a report earlier this month that UMMC Ekaterinburg was considering paying her to sit out the WNBA season. At the time, ESPN’s Holly Rowe reported that the Sky had made Vandersloot a “disrespectful” offer.

The Sky were aggressive early in free agency, placing the core designation on 2021 WNBA Finals MVP Kahleah Copper and later signing her to a multi-year deal. They also agreed to terms with Emma Meesseman, the 2019 Finals MVP with the Washington Mystics, adding skill at the forward position after losing Stefanie Dolson to the New York Liberty in free agency.

Meeseeman gives Chicago another scoring weapon in the frontcourt alongside Candace Parker and Azurá Stevens, while Quigley, Vandersloot and Copper fill out the backcourt. The Sky also addressed their bench depth, acquiring point guard Julie Allemand from Indiana in a three-team trade and signing 2021 No. 4 pick Kysre Gondrezick to a training camp contract.

Rachel Galligan is a basketball analyst at Just Women’s Sports. A former professional basketball player and collegiate coach, she also contributes to Winsidr. Follow Rachel on Twitter @RachGall.