Rematch with Washington
In the past week the Sky has faced two teams from the West and they did not get the results they desired. This Eastern Conference matchup is key for the Sky as they aim to stay in the top four heading into the second month of the season.
The Washington Mystics, coming off a great 2010 campaign with 22 wins and a trip to the playoffs, offered their fans many reasons for optimism in the nationís Capitol this offseason. However the 2011 season hasnít gone as planned as the Mystics are 2-5 in the Eastern Conference with a tough upcoming game against the 2010 WNBA Champion Seattle Storm on the schedule before coming to Chicago.
And the last time the teams met in Washington on June 11, the Sky cruised to victory. Sylvia Fowles scored 23 points and had 3 rebounds while Epiphanny Prince had 20 points, 5 assists and 2 steals as the Sky ran away with an 84-77 win. The Sky shot 60 percent from the field and never trailed in the game, leading by 18 at the half. Matee Ajavon led the Mystics with 24 points and Marissa Coleman scored all 13 of her points in the second half as Washington went on a run to make the final score a little closer, but the game was never really in doubt.
Sharp shooter Cathrine Kraayeveld was particularly deadly that night. She scored 19 points with a career-high six 3-pointers and hopes to have even more success Tuesday night. Kraayeveld is the league leader in threes made and is in the top ten in three-point percentage. It is safe to assume the Mystics will try to guard her differently.
Washington is not a team to count out though. They won their last game by 20 points beating Tulsa and have the inside/outside scoring threats of Crystal Langhorne and Matte Ajavon who are averaging 18.1 and 16.0 points per game. Washington is a team that can really hurt you if you fall asleep on them.
Last year the Sky and the Mystics met four times during the 2010 season, splitting the season series at two games apiece including the Skyís all-time biggest comeback on June 25, coming from 13 points down to win game.