Sky Hold On for First Win

The Sky won their first regular season game tonight against the Minnesota Lynx, 82-77, in Minneapolis. Candice Dupree led the Sky with 25 points, matching her career high, on 12 of 15 shooting, with 5 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Stacey Dales added 15 points, including 3 of 6 from the 3-point line, with 6 assists. Rookie Armintie Price, playing with more confidence than in the previous two games, finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Kayte Christensen had a team-high 7 rebounds.

In her first appearance in a Sky uniform, center Chasity Melvin made her presence felt in the paint, adding 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and 1 steal in 23 minutes. The Sky acquired Melvin on Thursday in a trade with the Washington Mystics for Monique Currie. Melvin flew to Chicago for a physical on Thursday afternoon, after playing for the Mystics in New York, then joined the Sky in Minneapolis on Friday afternoon for the game.

Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus scored a game-high 31 points, two off her career best. Nicole Ohlde added 18 points and Lindsey Harding scored 16. Tiffany Stansbury, who was signed Friday, had 13 rebounds, two off the franchise record.

The Lynx closed to within one point near the end of the first half. Dales’ 3-pointer gave the Sky a 35-31 lead going into the break.

The Sky came out in the second half in a full-court press, forcing two Lynx turnovers. Dupree scored 13 points in a 21-6 Sky run, scoring on a three-point play, a hook shot, three short jumpers and another jumper at the top of the key. A 3-pointer by Jia Perkins put the Sky up 64-47 late in the quarter, their biggest lead of the game.

Down by 14 points at the start of the fourth, Minnesota rallied to within two points before missing two shots in close with 15 seconds to play. Melvin hit two free throws. The Sky scored 34 points in the paint in the game, compared to 18 in Tuesday’s loss to Los Angeles. The team shot 53.6 percent from the field, improving on its 35.8 percent average coming into the game.