After starting the game with a 3-0 lead, the Sky found themselves playing catch up for much of the night. The lack of recovery following Fridayís game was apparent as the Sky, who are known to play quick defense and an aggressive offense, appeared sluggish. The Sky didnít get many offensive contributions in the first quarter but managed to trail the Fever by just four at the end of the quarter. The Fever slowly extended their lead cruising to the half ahead by eight.
A 7-0 run to start the third quarter gave the Fever a 15 point lead, their largest of the night. After a two and a half minute scoreless period by both teams, the Sky found their legs and put up five straight points, cutting the deficit to ten. The Fever responded with four straight points of their own putting them back up by fourteen. A free throw by Allie Quigley brought the Sky a point closer in the third down 46-59.
Shay Murphy scored the first two points of the fourth quarter to pull the Sky within eleven. However, the Sky could not get the defensive stops they needed allowing the Fever the opportunity for close and long range shots.
Courtney Vandersloot led the Sky with eleven points and five rebounds while Sylvia Fowles added ten points, three rebounds and three blocks. Shay Murphy added nine points off the bench for Sky. Newly signed replacement player Avery Warley led the Sky with eight rebounds.
Catchings led the Fever with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals. Karima Christmas added 12 points and five rebounds, while Erlana Larkins added nine points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Jeanette Pohlen made her season debut after recovering form a torn ACL in game two of last years WNBA Finals. She contributed seven points for the Fever.
The Sky continue to lead the Eastern Conference with a 13-6 record. The Fever sit in third (9-10).
The Sky return home to Allstate Arena on Tuesday, August 6 looking for revenge against the Indiana Fever. This will be the first time the two teams face off in Rosemont this season. Catch all the action on the U Too or WNBA Live Access at 7:00 pm CT.