Sky defeat Mercury 91-82

The intensity and emotions of playoff basketball have arrived in Chicago.

Despite dimming playoff hopes, the Chicago Sky did not let up Tuesday night as they defeated the defending WNBA champions Phoenix Mercury, 91-82, ending its 5-game losing streak. Click here for the photo gallery.

The Sky entered the second half trailing 44-35, and came out in the third quarter a different team. Epiphanny Prince started driving to the hoop; either converting the deuce or drawing a foul. Dominique Canty portrayed her leadership with eight points and two assists in the third. The Sky went on a 16-2 run to end the quarter which saw the Sky outrebound the Mercury 12-3.

Sylvia Fowles led the way for the Sky with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Prince chipped in with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. However, it wasn’t the scoring that will make the highlight reels.

The emotional contest was highlighted with an array of technical fouls by both star players.

Despite scoring 28 points, Diana Taurasi was fuming in the second half. The first technical came after arguing with the referee about a charge call. Later on, she was part of a double technical with Mistie Bass after each player came up face-to-face late in the contest.

“I wasn’t emotional, they [the refs] made it emotional,” Mercury Head Coach Corey Gaines said. “I mean they called the technical, not me. Usually, when you call a tech that means you’re emotional.” Fowles was ejected earlier in the fourth quarter after being hacked on a physical play in the paint with Tangela Smith.

“I just tried to limit her touches and push her off the block, because once she gets it down low, she is very dominating,” Smith said. Despite the ejections, the comeback had already taken place.

The Sky is hoping to end their season on a high note as they will take on Atlanta Saturday night in the second to last home game of the season.

For a photo gallery of the Phoenix game, click here.