Team Preview: Chicago Sky
2011 RECORD VS SHOCK: 0-2
7/13/11 - Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Sky defeated the Shock 72-54 at All State Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Jennifer Lacy led the Shock with 13 points off the bench.
7/28/11 - Sylvia Fowles, Courtney Vandersloot, Ephiphanny Prince and Michelle Snow all scored in double-figures, defeating the Shock 64-55 at the BOK Center. Ivory Latta led the Shock with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field in 30 minutes.
Points: Sylvia Fowles (20.0)
Rebounds: Sylvia Fowles (10.2)
Assists: Courtney Vandersloot (3.7)
2011 RECORD: 14-20, 5th in the Eastern Conference
With an abundance of talent, the Sky have made moves this off-season to fill the one void that has been holding them back from making the playoffs - veteran leadership. They Sky have surrounded their young core of Sylvia Fowles, Courtney Vandersloot and Ephiphanny Prince with the leadership and championship experience of Swin Cash, Le'Coe Willingham, Ruth Riley and Ticha Penicheiro.
After trading the second overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft for Cash and Willingham, the Sky have decided that their time to make a playoff and championship run is now. Penicheiro and Riley should provide guidance on the court for the Sky's young standouts Vandersloot and Prince. Fowles and Cash are both finalists for the USA national team for this summer's Olympic games in London which will further add to the team's collective experience.
With a balanced mix of veterans and young players, the rotation will be a work in progress to start the season but it's difficult to forsee this unique blend of talent and experience missing the playoffs for an eighth consecutive year in 2012.