Sky look for first win over the Fever this season The Indiana Fever had the Sky’s number during the first half of the season and Swin Cash, Epiphanny Prince and Co. are hoping to score a big win to regain momentum. Led by Tamika Catchings the Fever took the first three matchups between the two teams and Chicago is in need of another big statement win after beating top ranked Connecticut last Sunday.
The Sky got a well rounded scoring performance in Sunday’s victory with five players finishing in double digit scoring, and in Tuesday’s game, also against Connecticut, five different players did it again.
Carolyn Swords has filled in nicely for Sylvia Fowles in the middle scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds since Fowles has been out. If Fowles can’t go, Swords will need to continue her production against the dangerous Indiana frontcourt if the Sky hope to finally pull off the upset. In their last matchup back on July 7, Chicago played the Fever down to the wire eventually losing 88-86 in overtime. Catchings’ 18 points and Katie Douglass’s 13 helped the Fever pull off the close victory in a game where Fowles and Cash combined for 42. Shay Murphy was huge off the bench with 20 points as the Sky had all of the makings of a victory only to have it snatched away in the final seconds.
Free throws will be a big theme this time around as the Sky were only able to convert on 32 of 68 attempts from the line in the July matchup. Throughout the season coach Pokey Chatman has stressed converting at the stripe and being sure not to leave too many easy points on the floor. With Prince in the lineup this time, however, Chicago will have their elite scorer making a repeat performance a big possibility. Prince’s scoring from the perimeter may give the Sky the extra push it needed so desperately, and Cash’s increased scoring output could prove crucial from the wing.
After good performances over the number one team in the Eastern Conference, Chicago now has its sights set on number two in hopes that it can finally cure the Fever that has plagued them since the season began.
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