ARLINGTON, Texas — The Chicago Sky are preparing for their second game of the 2024 WNBA season in a rematch against the Dallas Wings on Saturday. Chicago looks to bounce back from their debut loss to Dallas from three days prior. Fourth-year guard Chennedy Carter outlined a notable request for fans amid her and the team's lofty expectations.

Carter started by explaining how the Sky can improve from Wednesday night's 87-79 loss to the Wings.

“I think that we got beat on the glass a little bit, that we can box out better. Ultimately, we could just play a little harder as a team,” Carter said after practice on Friday.

When asked what things the team wants to carry forward in their offensive identity, Carter stressed an increase in energy:

“I think just playing with patience. If we increase our pace and energy, good things will happen. So I think that starts with our guards. Getting out running and a feel for the game and getting defensive stops, and I think that'll get us going,” Carter added.

In addition to improved team play, the talented guard wants to resolidify herself as a force in the WNBA.

Chennedy Carter started her career with the Atlanta Dream in 2020 and was the Rookie of the Year runner-up after averaging 17.4 points per game. The former Texas A&M Aggie spent one more year with the Dream before joining the Los Angeles Sparks in 2022. By then, her scoring decreased to 8.9 points per game. She took a year hiatus from the WNBA and focused on an international stint with Bursa, averaging a whopping 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game.

Carter enters the 2024 WNBA season with high regard after earning a spot with the Sky. Moreover, she has some lofty goals for herself.

Chennedy Carter and Chicago are reaching for the Sky

Carter provided eye-opening insight into her abilities and mentality going into the 2024 season with the Sky.

“I'm just taking a better approach this season. I know I'm a long athletic girl who can play on both sides of the ball. I'm extremely quick. So I'm just trying to use my quickness and versatility on the defensive end,” Carter said.

Carter's athleticism was on full display in her 15 minutes of action against the Wings on Wednesday. She displayed promising slashing ability and was shifty with the ball. She followed her statement up with some admirable challenges. Carter said she wants to amass two steals per game and aspires to make her first WNBA All-Star team.

The fourth-year guard certainly has the attributes to produce well for Chicago. Carter was happy to get her feet back under her in the Sky's season debut. She wants to play with more energy and tempo in the second game against the Wings on Saturday to get a head start on her goals.

The season's first game did not go how Carter and the Sky wanted it to, and she has one request for fans as the team continues its start.

“I just say give the Sky grace, give us time, we're putting it all together. We're learning, going back to the drawing board, practice, and watch film. We're gonna get ready for each game.”