Sky look to beat the Mercury, gain ground on Liberty

Having won several big games of late including two against the Western Conference leaders, the Sky are poised for revenge against the Phoenix Mercury who they play for the second time this season.

Phoenix has won all of seven games this year, but one of those wins came against the Sky back on June 29th at the Allstate Arena. Forward DeWanna Bonner, the WNBA’s leading scorer at 20.8 points per game, scored 27 points in that matchup and fellow forward Charde Houston added 16 of her own. Bonner, who may have been the Mercury’s fourth option last season, has put together a career year with the injuries suffered by Diana Taurasi, Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor.

Despite Bonner’s success, her team has had trouble scoring consistently around her. To score a victory the Sky will have to shut down her supporting cast this time around and get a big performance from its role players with Big Syl out of the lineup.

Swin Cash has come on strong of late for the Sky scoring 20 against Los Angeles on Thursday and 21 points to the Sun Sunday. She will need that production to continue against the Mercury. The Sky will also need its backcourt of Courtney Vandersloot and Epiphanny Prince to keep up the scoring as the duo has combined for 99 points in the last three games.

The Mercury were recently eliminated from playoff contention, while the Sky are neck and neck with new York for the final ticket to the postseason. The Mercury have currently lost three of their last four games currently sitting at fifth in the Western Conference, while the Sky are one game out of fourth place in the East and in need of wins in the final stretch.

The game will be broadcast on CN100 at 5pm CT and online on the WNBA’s Live Access feature.