Sky Rewriting the Record Books in 2012
It’s been a memorable first half of the 2012 season for the Chicago Sky with many ups and downs, fantastic finishes and record breaking performances.
With the Sky’s early season success, it’s no surprise many records have fallen thus far in 2012.
• After a 1-1 start, the Sky reeled off six straight wins, a franchise record for most consecutive wins. The previous high was four.
• The Sky’s 7-1 start was easily the best start in team history.
• For the first time in franchise history, the Sky recorded back-to-back winning months (2-1 in May and 5-4 in June).
• In a June 16 contest at Indiana, the Sky shot 12-13 in the first quarter. The 92.3% shooting was the best shooting percentage ever by the Sky in a quarter and third best in WNBA history.
• In a 98-91 overtime win against Tulsa on June 8, the Sky scored a franchise-high 21 points in overtime. In the same overtime period, the Sky made 12 free throws, also a franchise record.
Epiphanny Prince was unbelievable:
• In one of the most dominant performances in Sky history, Epiphanny Prince scored 24 of her career-high 33 points in the second half of a dramatic 94-92 overtime comeback win in Atlanta on June 2.
• Prince tied Cynthia Cooper’s WNBA record of three straight 30-point performances when she recorded 31 points against Washington on June 1, 33 points against Atlanta the next night and then followed it up with a 32-point outburst vs. Tulsa on June 8.
• She now owns three of the top seven highest scoring performances in team history.
• Prince was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week two consecutive weeks in June for her extraordinary play, a franchise first.
Sylvia Fowles was unstoppable:
• Fowles began the season by recording eight consecutive double-doubles, tying her own WNBA record from 2011.
• She pulled down 21 rebounds on June 8 vs. Tulsa, tying her career-high and a Sky franchise record, which she set during the 2010 season.
• She had another huge night with 19 rebounds on June 2 at Atlanta. She now owns five of the top six rebounding performances in Sky history and 10 of the top 12.
• With five offensive rebounds at New York on June 10, Fowles became the Sky’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds, passing Candice Dupree (287).
• With four blocks at home against Washington on June 1, Fowles moved past Chasity Melvin to #16 on the all-time block list in WNBA history.
• For her outstanding play, Fowles was recognized as the Eastern Conference Player of the Month in May by the WNBA.
Swin Cash Reached New Milestones
• With a block in the season opener at Washington on May 19, Cash recorded her 200th career block. She is the 21st player in the history of the WNBA to reach that milestone.
• On June 2, Swin Cash became the 16th player in WNBA history to record 10,000 minutes in her career.
With Epiphanny Prince, the Sky’s leading scorer at 22.3 points per game, expected to return to the hardwood for the second half of the season, many other notable records could fall:
• Racking up the Points: Despite missing Prince for eight games, the Sky are still on pace to challenge the 2,586 total points the team scored during the 2010 season.
• Sharpshooters: So far in 2012 the Sky are shooting .440 from the field, two percentage points ahead of 2011, when the team shot an all-time franchise best .438 from the field.
• Making ‘em Count: With 795 career field goals made, Fowles is just 14 shy of becoming the Sky’s all-time leader.
• All-Time High: Fowles is 52 points away from becoming the Sky’s all-time points leader.
• 1,000 Point Club (Part 1): Prince has scored 999 career points and looks to become the fifth player in Sky history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
• 1,000 Point Club (Part 2): Tamera Young is only 34 points away from becoming the fifth player in Sky history to score 1,000 points (unless Prince gets there first).
• Most Free Throws: Fowles is only two made free throws away from becoming the Sky’s all-time leader in yet another category.
• Money from the Charity Stripe: With ten made free throws, Cash would become the eighth player in WNBA history to reach 1,200 made free throws.
• Triple Threats: The Sky are on pace to set a new team record for 3-point field goals made as they are on pace to convert on 204. The team record of 186 was set in 2007.
• Three-Point Royalty: Prince has made 29 3-point field goals in 2012. Despite missing eight games, if she continues at her blistering pace, she would own the top spot in Sky history for most 3-pointers made in a season. Stacey Dales set the record in 2007 with 68 made. Additionally, with 103 career 3-pointers, Prince is nine away from passing Erin Thorn for second most in team history.
• Controlling the Boards: Led by Sylvia Fowles, the Sky are on pace to obliterate the team’s current record of 1,165 total rebounds in a season. Averaging almost 37 rebounds per game, the team is on pace for 1,254 rebounds in 2012.
• Limiting the Second Chances: Through the first 17 games of the season, the Sky have pulled down 441 defensive rebounds and are on pace for 882, which would be a new
• Owning the Glass: In 2011, Fowles reeled in a Sky record 100 offensive rebounds. Through the first 17 games of the 2012 campaign, Fowles already has 70. Were she to finish with 140, it would be the fourth highest total in WNBA history.
• Getting Defensive: With 140 defensive rebounds in 2012, Fowles is on pace to break the Sky’s all-time defensive rebound number. Should she reach 280, she would break Lisa Leslie’s all-time WNBA mark of 276 set in 2004.
• All-time Best Rebounder: Averaging 12.4 rebounds per game (and projected to reach 421 total boards on the season), Fowles is expected to top Tina Charles’ WNBA records in average 11.7 and total rebounds of 398 set in 2010.
• Double-Double Machine: With 14 double-doubles on the season, Fowles is only ten short of breaking Connecticut Sun’s Tina Charles’ WNBA record set in 2011 of 23 double-doubles in a season.
• Elusive company: Cash needs only 34 rebounds to become the 14th player in WNBA history to reach 2,000 career rebounds.
• Rebounding wins games: Ruth Riley needs 38 rebounds to reach 1,600 total rebounds in her career.
• A League of Her Own: Ticha Penicheiro is 25 rebounds short of reaching 1,500 career rebounds. She will become the only player in WNBA history to record 1,500 points, rebounds and assists in her career.
• Somebody call 911: The 2010 Sky set a team record with 284 steals in a single season. Led by Prince’s 2.0 steals per game, the 2012 Sky team looks to surpass that as they are on pace for nearly 300 thefts.
• S.W.A.T.: Riley is four swats shy of joining the 500-block club in the WNBA. She currently is sixth on the WNBA all-time list.
• The Most Dimes Ever: The WNBA’s all-time leader in assists, Ticha Penicheiro, is 22 assists away from becoming the first WNBA player to reach the 2,600 assist plateau.
• No Sophomore Slump: Last year, Vandersloot fished out 127 assists, a Sky franchise record. In 2012, she already has 83 assists and should crush that mark.
Longevity and Consistency
• Most Sky Minutes Ever: Fowles has played 3,959 minutes in a Sky jersey and if she continues to play big minutes, she could pass Jia Perkins’s 4,553 to become #1 all-time for the Sky.
• Starting on the right foot: Fowles is nine starts away from starting the most games for the Sky in franchise history.
• Most Games Played: Penicheiro is eight games shy of reach 451, where she would become the WNBA’s all-time leader in games played.
While the Sky have a chance to set many records, the most important record is still reaching the WNBA playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Chicago begins the second half of their season on August 17 against the reigning Eastern Conference Champions Atlanta Dream. The game is slated for a 7:30 PM start.