Sky Deliver The Win

The Chicago Sky won their first preseason game in 2014 defeating the Indiana Fever 73-66 on Friday night inside HP Fieldhouse at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.

At the first media timeout the Sky trailed by just one point (11-10) despite struggling from the field (shooting just 17%) in the first four minutes of the play. The Sky kept the game close with on-ball pressure and deflections.

The Sky and Fever took the court in the second quarter looking like two evenly matched squads. The two Eastern Conference rivals went back and forth throughout quarter settling for a 23-22 tie at the end of the half.

After getting to the free throw line just once in the first five minutes of play the Sky capitalized when Indiana fell in early foul trouble.

“Once they got in foul trouble we ran everything to the rim and they fouled us every time,” said Sky rookie Jamierra Faulkner. “Free throws are something we work on every day in practice and we knocked them down.”

Chicago went to the free throw line on five occasions in the final five minutes of the first half and connected on 9 of 10 attempts from the charity stripe. With a minute remaining in the first, the Sky took their first lead and entered the quarter break ahead by a score of 23 to 22.

Chicago’s third round draft pick Jamierra Faulkner, who contributed 11 points and 5 assists in 16 minutes off the bench, delivered four points to close the first half to put Sky up 39 to 33 heading into the locker room.

The duo of first round draft pick Markeisha Gatling and the athletic Sequoia Holmes picked up the slack in the absence of Sylvia Fowles (DND—Hip) combining for 16 points off the bench. Holmes poured in 10 points in 15 minutes of action while Markeisha Gatling secured consistent deep position in the post to score easy points in the paint.

Chicago’s first win of the season was witnessed by a packed house at HP Fieldhouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney. The majority of fans in attendance were young girl’s basketball players who are in town for the annual AAU Spring Fling II tournament.

"I coached AAU basketball, played AAU basketball, made several trips to Disney and I think it's just a great time year,” said Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. “You think about if I was a kid at this age being able to come here and see the megastars that are out there playing in the pro league…I think it's just phenomenal!”

Chicago will face the winner of tonight’s 7:30 p.m. CT battle between the Phoenix Mercury and the Minnesota Lynx in what will be the championship game at WNBA’s first-ever Preseason Tournament. The game tips off on Sunday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. CT. For live updates all weekend from Orlando follow the Sky on Twitter @wnbachicagosky.

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