Sky Come Up Short in Seattle

In a game with 14 lead changes and 11 ties, the Storm needed a 9-2 run in the closing minutes to break free from a 71-71 tie with 3:13 remaining in the fourth.

With Sky center Sylvia Fowles on the bench to start the game, the Storm jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. When Fowles entered the game with just under three minutes passed in the first quarter, the Sky responded with a 10-6 run to take their first lead of the night (14-12). After a back-and-forth opening 10 minutes of play the Sky trailed 26-23.

Sky guard Courtney Clements provided a spark off the bench, scoring five points in a thirty-second span between the first and second quarter to spur an 11-2 Chicago run to take the Sky back on top 31-28. A closely battled second quarter featured five lead changes and ended in a draw as Sky guard Epiphanny Prince drained a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half to tie the game 45-45 at the break.

Both teams cooled off in the third quarter with each team only scoring 15 points to knot the game at 60-60 heading into the final 10 minutes of play. In the end, the Storm's defensive effort that held the Sky to just 13 fourth quarter points allowed Seattle to pull away to an 80-73 victory. Jessica Breland led all scorers in the game with 20 points and nine rebounds. Fowles recorded her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Prince added 16 points. Crystal Langhorne and Sue Bird paced the storm with 19 points each.

The Sky returns to action on Wednesday, July 9 at Allstate Arena against the Washington Mystics. Tip-off is set for 11:30 a.m. CT. The matinee matchup will be the Sky's second "Camp Day" game of the year.

For Tickets to see the Sky play at Allstate Arena call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET.