Sky Drop Game 1

Sky center Sylvia Fowles won the battle inside against Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, delivering 19 points and 11 rebounds to Griner’s 12 points and seven rebounds on Sunday afternoon. Despite Fowles’ effort the Sky struggled offensively and dropped Game 1 of the 2014 WNBA Finals 83-62.

“We only had eight points in the first quarter,” said Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot. “You can’t do that against this team or any team in the Finals. Our offensive flow wasn’t there.”

For the majority of the first half the Sky struggled to find their offensive rhythm, shooting just 22.2% from the field in the first twenty minutes of action. By the end of the first quarter the Mercury had established a 15-8 advantage. Epiphanny Prince delivered six points in the second quarter but the Sky trailed 42-20 at the half.

The Sky played the Mercury evenly in the third quarter with each team scoring 14 points. The battle inside between Sylvia Fowles and Brittney Griner took center stage with the two trading baskets on multiple possessions. Fowles led all scorers in the quarter with six points as Phoenix maintained a 56-34 lead.

The Sky carried Fowles’ momentum into the fourth quarter as they strung together an 8-2 run to cut into the deficit. Chicago outscored Phoenix 28-27 in the final quarter and 42-41 in the second half but was unable to overcome Mercury’s 22-point halftime advantage dropping the first game of the series 83-62.

“We came out and got more relaxed in the second half,” said Sky center Sylvia Fowles. “If we can do that for the whole game then I think we’ll be fine.

Fowles led the Sky with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Allie Quigley added 13 points off the bench. Candice Dupree paced Phoenix with 26 points.

The Sky will remain in Phoenix to play Game 2 of the series at the US Airways Center on Tuesday, September 9 at 8:00 pm. CT. Game 2 will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. The Sky returns home to host Game 3 of the series at the UIC Pavilion on Friday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. CT. To purchase tickets to see the Sky play in the 2014 WNBA Finals call 866-SKY-WNBA or visit Ticketmaster or www.chicagosky.net.