Sky Beat the Fever

The Sky improved their record to 5-3 after taking down the defending WNBA champions on the road Saturday. This is the first of four matchups for the two teams this season.

Epiphanny Prince had a game high 21 points while Elena Delle Donne added 13. Sylvia Fowles totaled 11 points and 7 rebounds. Shavonte Zellous had a Fever high of 17 points.

Both teams got off to a slow start offensively as the Sky had their lowest scoring first quarter of the season with only 14 points. During that quarter they held the Indiana squad to just 15 points. The two teams kept pace with each other exchanging baskets throughout the entire first half.

The Sky entered the locker room down just two at the half, looking to pull ahead in the third.

The Fever came out in the second half scoring six straight points to give them their largest lead of the night (8 points) before Sylvia Fowles sunk six straight of her own. Fowles’ baskets brought the Sky back to within two points of the Fever.

The Sky suddenly sparked halfway through the fourth when they took the lead for good after Epiphanny Prince nailed a jumper. They kept the lead growing until the final clock ran down with the Sky winning by 10.

The Fever made obvious adjustments as they played the game without several of their top players from 2012. All-Stars Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas are battling lower back injuries while center Jessica Davenport and guards Erin Phillips and Jeanette Pohlen are out with leg injuries. Adding to the mix, rookie Layshia Clarendon was helped off the court midway through the fourth after contributing five points for the Fever.

Despite losing the overall turnover battle 17-9, the Sky’s offensive and defensive effort in the fourth quarter helped Chicago pull out the victory. The Sky scored 22 points in the fourth and held the Fever to just ten points.

Next up, the Sky return home to Allstate Arena for a three game homestand beginning with their first regular season matchup against the New York Liberty (4-2) who are second in the eastern standings. The game is scheduled for 11:30 am CT and can be seen on LiveAccess.