Sky Slip at Mercury

The Sky’s hopes for extending their first-ever winning streak fell flat on Thursday night in Phoenix, as they lost 66-80 to the Mercury and fell to 3-4 on the season. The Sky went 0-for-9 at the end of the game.

The Mercury broke a three-game losing streak with the win, with three players in double figures. Diana Taurasi scored 22, Penny Taylor added 21 (19 in the first half) and Cappie Pondexter had 18.

Phoenix held the Sky’s leading scorer, Candice Dupree, to six points. Dupree sat out much of the first half after picking up three early fouls; the Sky ended the first half with 13 personal fouls. Phoenix made 21 of 26 free throws in the game; the Sky made just 15 of 25. “Candice did a great job dealing with the double team,” said Sky Head Coach Bo Overton. “Phoenix was able to get us out of our rhythm and no one else stepped up to the plate to make the stops and the shots.”

Chasity Melvin turned it up in the fourth quarter scoring 9 of her team-high 15 points, finishing with her third double-double of the season with 11 rebounds.

“It’s been a very good transition because the team has been very positive and welcoming,” said Melvin of her trade to Chicago from the Washington Mystics. “We have so many games so quickly, which makes it hard because I’m still learning the plays. After this road trip I’ll be a lot more comfortable.”

Dominique Canty added 11 points and rookie Claire Coggins had a career-high 10 points off the bench. Sky veteran Stacey Dales returned to the line-up after missing the three previous games with a hamstring injury. She was 2-for-10 on the night, scoring 6 points and pulling down 2 rebounds.

The game was a disappointing homecoming for Kayte Christensen, who was acquired by the Sky from the Mercury in the off-season. She went 0-for-3 from the field and had 2 rebounds in 7 minutes of play.

The Sky flies to San Antonio on Friday morning and takes on the Silver Stars at 7pm on Saturday, June 9. The game can be heard live on WVON 1690AM.