Sky Comeback falls short
The Sky fell to New York on Friday night 64-59 despite a late surge to try to take the win. Chicago’s troubles from the free-throw line continued against the Liberty, as they sank just six of 21 from the free-throw line. The team has shot just 71.5 percent from the line all season, but Friday’s mark was too much to overcome.
The Sky found life early in the fourth quarter as forward Tamera Young scored six points to trigger a 10-0 run that finally put Chicago in the lead, 57-54, for the first time since early in the game. In that same span, the Sky turned up the defensive heat and held New York without a field goal for five minutes and 20 seconds.
Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter led New York with 19 points and forward Essence Carson with 14 points to finish off against Chicago.
Sky center Sylvia Fowles scored a team-high 20 points and fell just shy of the 2,000-point milestone in her career. She also pulled down nine rebounds and continued her streak of 82 games of scoring in double figures. She needs just 10 more to tie Cynthia Cooper’s record of 92 consecutive games with 10 or more points.
Liberty center Kara Braxton scored 11 points and helped push New York’s lead to nine points in the second quarter. But the Sky kept it close when Courtney Vandersloot and Le’coe Willingham sank back-to-back 3-pointers to go into locker rooms down six.
The Sky came out looking to set the tone early and capitalize on their recent success against the Liberty, but early on both seemed to be evenly matched. Pondexter and Cash traded buckets to lead their teams with seven and six points, respectively, in the opening 10 minutes.
The Liberty looked to get revenge tonight since the last time these two teams played each other on June 10, the Sky beat the Liberty 73-64. With the loss the Sky are now 9-16 all-time against the Liberty, including 6-6 at home.
The Sky (8-6) head to Indiana to play the Fever tomorrow, while the Liberty will host San Antonio on Sunday.