Liberty Vs. Chicago: Part 3

Ros Gold-Onwude

The New York Liberty play Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky for the third time this season on Thursday, July 18th, at 11am ET at the Prudential Center. The Liberty (6-8) look to bounce back from a 74-53 defeat at home to the Indiana Fever. The game was competitive until a huge third quarter run turned the tide in favor of Indiana. The Liberty continued to struggle with turnovers and gave up 22 in the game. Plenette Pierson is the newest hot story off the bench for the Liberty, sparking New York with a team high 12 points on super efficient 6-8 shooting. Cappie Pondexter is embracing her new role at the lead point guard position and contributed 10 points while learning the ropes. Rookie Kelsey Bone quietly put together a strong stat line of 10 points and 9 rebounds in her second start of the season.

New York last faced off with Chicago on July 7th at the Prudential Center where the Sky prevailed, 93-64. After a first quarter score of 18-17 Chicago began to pull away from New York with 44% shooting from the field and 9-18 shooting from three for 50%. The Sky went to the free throw line 30 times converting all but 4. Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty with 18 points and 5 rebounds.

The Chicago Sky (10-4) come off of an 83-70 victory over the Connecticut Sun on July 12th. Delle Donne led the Sky with 23 points. Swin Cash enjoyed a 19-point showing in the game. Sylvia Fowles scored 14 points and added 8 rebounds. Prince scored 11 points to round out the long list of offensive options for Chicago. Chicago continued to find ways to the free throw line and accurately connected on 19 of 20 attempts. The Sky shot well at nearly 47% from the field and 44% from three.

Center Sylvia Fowles was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of July 8 - July 14.

Keys To The Game:

Defend Without Fouling

The Liberty allowed the Sky 43 points at the free throw line in their past two matchups with Chicago. Chicago is the second best free throw shooting team in the league and will take advantage of free shots at the charity stripe.

Damage Control

Basketball is a game of runs. There will be moments of turnovers and troublesome defense. However, the Liberty have to improve their ability to weather the storm and control the damage. A few bad plays can be remedied.