Sky falls 87-82 against the Lynx
They Sky played as a team in the first half, sharing the ball and outrebounding the Lynx 18-10. Head Coach Steven Key has said all year this team can only go so far if they play unselfish basketball and rebound the rock.
Even though every Sky player scored, Jia Perkins led the way with 16 points, 12 from behind the arc, as she frequently had to stop Lynx runs with her sharp shooting from the field. Sylvia Fowles recorded another double-double finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. For photos of the night Click here
Minnesota started the second half on a 12-0 run. However, the Sky came roaring back with back-to-back threes by Shay Murphy and Jia Perkins. Even with six Sky turnovers in the quarter, after only having three in the first half, the Sky went into the fourth leading by 10.
Momentum continued to be on Minnesota’s side into the fourth quarter as they outscored the Sky 17-7 to force overtime. In overtime, it was Seimone Augustus who took over, going 3-for-4 from the field with seven points. Augustus later said they were a different team in the second half.
"Our energy and intensity picked up,” Augustus said. “We wanted to be more aggressive on the defensive end and force them into bad shots. They did a great job of offensive rebounding in the first half. I think we eliminated some of that in the second half and that was the difference in the game.”
The Sky loss makes it five in a row. For any chance at the playoffs, the Sky will have to win their remaining five contests, the first coming Tuesday night at home against the defending WNBA champions Phoenix Mercury.
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