Sky Looking to Win Season Series Over Atlanta
Chicago and Atlanta have played some competitive and memorable games in 2012 and the thrills should continue Wednesday as the Sky head down to Hotlanta for the fourth matchup of the season series.
The Sky will be looking to turn things around as they’ve lost three games in a row since the Olympic break. Chicago was nearly able to turn around an 18 point game against New York on Tuesday behind an explosive 12 point final period from Shay Murphy but fell short. Sylvia Fowles also looked strong in defeat with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Meanwhile the Dream are 1-1 since the break and securely positioned in third place in the Eastern Conference. Angel McCoughtry continues to lead the WNBA in scoring with 22.7 points per game. McCoughtry scored 25 points in Chicago’s last matchup with the Dream, leading Atlanta to an 82-76 victory.
While McCoughtry’s scoring touch is always a huge part of the Dream’s success, the Sky must focus on limiting her supporting cast Wednesday as she got a lot of help from her frontcourt. Forwards Sancho Lyttle and Erika de Souza scored a combined 23 points and snagged eight rebounds in the win.
As they have all season, Epiphanny Prince and McCoughtry will battle for game high-scorer honors. Prince is nearly back to her early season form co-leading the Sky with 44 combined points since returning from injury after the break.
After attempting only five field goals in last week’s loss the Sky may look to get their other star, Sylvia Fowles more involved. Considering her usual dominance in the post, Atlanta should give her plenty of chances to pick up points in the paint.
Spending time on the USA Olympic squad has done Swin Cash a lot of good as she’s so far been a consistent third scorer for Chicago picking up 29 points since the break. In a game where Fowles and Prince will both have their hands full, Cash’s support will be much needed if the Sky look to take a 3-1 series lead.
The Sky have played some of their best games of the season against the Dream and a big win on the road could help turn things around. With their big pieces back every game will continue to set the tone for the second half of the season and a new win streak would be just what the doctor ordered as the Sky make their push for a postseason berth.