Sky Down Liberty

Rebounding is one of many things that coaches preach to their players before each game, as the team who controls the glass usually walks away victorious. The Sky (5-5) were able to manhandle the New York Liberty (6-3) on the boards, out-rebounding them 46-27, setting a new team record for total rebounds in a single game on their way to defeating the Liberty, 73-66.

With the win, the Sky matches the win total from last year’s inaugural season.

Candice Dupree dominated the game from the tip, posting her third double-double of the season. She scored a game-high 24 points on 11-of-20 shooting, and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, including 5 offensive boards.

“It’s part boxing out and it’s all about the effort,” said Dupree about dominating the boards. “You know who wants the ball more and who wants to win at the end of the game. We are just doing our best to try and crash the boards and try and stop them on defense.”

The first quarter was a case of missed opportunities for the Sky. They dominated the glass in the opening frame, out-rebounding the Liberty 14-4, including 5 offensive boards, but the Sky turned the ball over 6 times to New York’s 1, allowing the Liberty to remain close.

Dupree helped lead the Sky to a 4-point half-time advantage, scoring 14 of her 24 points in the half. The Sky continued their domination on the glass, out-rebounding the Liberty 21-12 in the half.

Dupree’s domination continued in the third quarter as she poured in 8 points to give the Sky a comfortable 11-point advantage at the end of the quarter. The Sky pulled down 6 offensive rebounds in the third, more than Liberty’s 5 total rebounds. Dupree put the Sky up by 10 points with 55 seconds remaining in the frame after converting a three-point play.

Tiffany Jackson got the Liberty back to within 6 points with 59 seconds remaining in the game after an up-and-under move for a lay-in. Jackson scored 17 on the evening, coming off the bench. Shameka Christon scored a team-high 18 points for the Liberty. After scorching the Sky for a career-best 28 points in the teams’ first meeting, Erin Thorn was held to just 8 points and was 0-for-3 from the 3-point line.

Dominique Canty went to the line with 49.1 seconds left in the game, and made good on a pair of free throws to put the Sky up 69-61. Canty scored 10 points.

The game was put away when Jia Perkins broke away for a lay-in to put the Sky up by 8 points with just over 30 seconds remaining.

Rookie Armintie Price continued her solid play coming off of a double-double on June 12 against Seattle, posting 7 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.

“She’s coming into her own and becoming a great player,” said Sky Head Coach Bo Overton on Price’s solid performance.

The Sky will look to avenge their 102-97 overtime loss against Connecticut this Sunday, June 17 at 3 pm CDT when they battle the Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The game can be heard live on WVON 1690 AM.

“They’ve got a good team,” said Overton about Connecticut. “Any time you go on the road in this league, you’ve got a tough game. We’ve won a few on the road now and hopefully the momentum from this win will carry over into next.”