Sky Drops Second in a Row

A season-high 19 points from co-captain Jia Perkins was not enough to overcome the sharp shooting of the Washington Mystics as the Sky lost their second straight, 95-78 Friday night at Allstate Arena.

Perkins was the go-to player early on, as she kept the Sky in the game shooting 3-for-5 from 3-point range. The Sky was able to cut a first quarter 12 point deficit down to three at the half, thanks in large part to Perkins's 12 points in the second quarter.

Its not just about offensively, its about me getting in a groove, Perkins said. I think tonight I was able get a good feel for the game.

As usual, all-star Center Sylvia Fowles did all she could to keep her team in the game, finishing with 23 points and seven rebounds. The pass-first Dominique Canty found herself in unfamiliar territory, finishing with 15 points, shooting 83 percent from the field. However, when the game was close to start the half, Mystics starting guard Lindsey Harding took over.

Harding, who is averaging 12 points per game this season, exploded for a season-high 25 points, 22 coming in the second half. If it wasnt Harding hitting a jumper with seconds to spare on the shot clock, it was the point guard dishing it out for the easy deuce.

The first half, I was playing a little bit passive, Harding said. In the second half, I decided to be more aggressive and play to my strength which is penetrating. They did a great job closing in on me which forced me to step up and hit some shots.

Shameka Christon, a reliable defender for Coach Key, had to leave the game in the first quarter after taking an elbow to the left eye. She was taken to a local hospital.

Harding and the rest of the Mystics shooters took advantage of the injury, shooting 62 percent from the field and 64 percent from behind the arc. Monique Curry, the Mystics typical leading scorer, finished with 22 points while Matee Ajavon added 14 points off the bench.

We were right in the game, even late in the fourth quarter, but we started shooting for the home run, Coach Key said. Weve got to be smarter than that, we have to take the emotional portion out of the game and play smarter basketball.

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