Sky Take Down Liberty The Sky start a string of 10 conference matchups with a win, routing the New York Liberty on the road 93-64 and shooting 50 percent from three-point range.

After a poor shooting performance earlier this week in a loss to Seattle, the Sky seemed to return to full-form, led by 20 points from rookie Elena Delle Donne and 18 points from guard Epiphanny Prince. The team finished shooting 45 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the free throw line.

Delle Donne got off to a quick start, putting up nine points in the first quarter. The two teams kept it close early, but three-point baskets from Prince and forward Swin Cash ignited an 11-0 run for the Sky. With a few minutes to go in the quarter, Prince found Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot in the corner for a three-point bucket of her own to give the Sky their first double-digit lead of the game. A fade-away jumper in the paint from Delle Donne capped Chicago’s run and gave them a 40-28 lead going into the locker room.

The Sky blew open their lead in the third quarter, penetrating the Liberty defense with ease and outscoring New York 28-15. Strong defensive trips and steals by Cash, Vandersloot and guard Sharnee Zoll extended the Sky lead. Chicago forced the Liberty to commit 15 turnovers and shoot 17 percent from behind the arc.

Every Sky player who dressed for the game scored. Center Sylvia Fowles (10 points) and forward Swin Cash (12 points) also scored in double digits. Guard Courtney Vandersloot had nine points, shooting 3-for-5 from the field and knocking down a three-point basket.

The Liberty got their first lead of the game at the start of the second quarter, but a foul on Sylvia Fowles put her at the line followed by a turnaround jumper in the paint gave the Sky room to breathe. Fowles, who returned after sitting out during the loss to Seattle due to injury, finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

Two of the league’s top five scorers, New York’s Cappie Pondexter (19.1 ppg) and Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne (18.8 ppg) shot just around their season averages. For a while, Pondexter kept the Liberty within striking distance, matching triples against the Sky that included one to end the half. The league’s third best in points per game finished with 18 points, four assists and shot 50 percent from three-point range.

The Sky starters remained on the floor at the start of the fourth quarter, but with a nearly 30 point cushion, coach Pokey Chatman pulled her starters to give the supporting players some more playing time. Forward Michelle Campbell finished with 6 points and made strong contributions on the defensive end. Guards Shay Murphy had five points, Allie Quigley had six, and center Carolyn Swords led all Sky players with seven rebounds.

Another win puts the Sky (8-4) two games behind league and conference leading Atlanta Dream (10-1). On Wednesday, the Sky return home for the first of nine more conference matchups, taking on the Washington Mystics at Allstate Arena at 11:30 a.m. on WNBA LiveAccess.