Sky Overcome By Shock

The defending 2006 WNBA Champion Detroit Shock shot 69% in the second half to beat the Sky, 84-92, in the first of the teams’ two games this week. The Sky is now 8-11 on the season. Swin Cash led the Shock (13-5) with 20 points and Cheryl Ford and Plenette Pierson had double-doubles. Jia Perkins found her shooting touch after going scoreless last time out, leading all scorers with 22 points and 4 assists. Perkins was 4-of-5 from the 3-point are.

“I don’t know what to expect from me in terms of points, but you can expect me to play hard each game,” said Perkins. “I can’t really say I’m going to score 22 points every game. I’m going to try to get out there and do what I can to help the team.”

Chasity Melvin added 18 points for the Sky and Stacey Dales had 12. Candice Dupree picked up her seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but struggled to make shots in the second half, finishing 8-of-26 from the field.

"The scheme we had going - Candice can make those shots, and that's why we were doing it,'' said Sky Head Coach Bo Overton. "If Detroit was going to give them to us, she was going to take them. She got her shots up.''

The Sky led the Shock by as many as 9 points in the first quarter, sparked by Stacey Dales who sank two 3-pointers early. The Shock went on an 8-0 run to close the quarter with the score tied at 20-20. With one of the league’s best road records on the road, the Sky looked comfortable at The Palace in the first half. Perkins and Dales were making their shots, and Dupree was scoring down low in the paint. The Sky forced seven Shock turnovers and went into halftime with the lead, 41-40.

The Shock out-scored the Sky 23-16 in the third and extended their lead to 11, making 13 straight field goals in the fourth.

“Chicago is vastly improved and they have better personnel,” said Detroit Head Coach Bill Lambeer. “I think there’s a little bit more bounce in their step, especially this time of year. Last year they were pretty dejected;this time they think they can win games. They play very hard and I warned our team before the game that they only know how to play hard.”

“We’re just trying to make the playoffs right now, one game at a time,” said Perkins on the team’s first game against the defending champions.

The Sky heads back home for a rematch against the Shock on Thursday night at 7:00 pm at UIC Pavilion. The game will be broadcast on WVON 1690AM.