Chicago Falls to New York

The Chicago Sky led for most of the first three quarters, but couldn’t keep pace with a barrage of three-pointers in a disappointing loss to the New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden. In the first game of the 2007 regular season for both teams, the Liberty rallied back from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Sky 83-71. Erin Thorn led the Liberty attack with a career-high 28 points, and the Liberty matched a franchise record with 13 three-pointers.

Monique Currie, acquired with the first pick in the off–season Charlotte Sting dispersal draft, lead the Sky with 20 points and 11 rebounds, the only player on either team to finish with a double-double. The Sky’s 2006 rookie All-Star Candice Dupree finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

At the half, the Sky led 42-33. Turnovers were an issue for both teams, with the Sky losing the ball 7 times in the first half.

Starting in her first regular season game, first round draft pick Armintie Price scored 6 points and had 4 rebounds. Price, who flew to New York from Milwaukee after attending her grandmother’s funeral, was a huge factor in the Sky’s defense, finishing with 2 steals and 5 assists.

The Liberty cut the Sky’s lead to one at the end of the third, 59-58, and took the lead for good in the fourth, behind the hot shooting of Thorn, Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld.

"I thought we came out and attacked and played hard," said Sky coach Bo Overton. "New York really played well in the second half, and that kind of set us back on our heels. I thought we played very well in the first and not so well in the second."

The Sky will host their season home opener on Tuesday, May 22, against the Los Angeles Sparks at 7 p.m. CDT at the UIC Pavilion.