Sky Outlast Liberty in OT

The Chicago Sky shook off four consecutive losses to beat the New York Liberty in overtime, 105-100, in front of 6,716 fans on Camp Day at Allstate Arena. Jessica Brelandís return from a lower leg injury inspired the team as she scored a career-high 22 points in 31 minutes, including 8 points in overtime.

Tina Charles and Cappie Pondexter combined for 54 points and Anna Cruz chipped in 17 for New York, but Chicago had five players in double figures, led by Epiphanny Prince with season highs in points (30) and assists (7) as well as a career-high 6 steals. Tamera Young delivered 11 points and 12 rebounds for her first double- double of the season (second of her career). Markeisha Gatling contributed 14 points, all in the second half, and Courtney Vandersloot added 17 points and 8 assists.

Chicago got things started with a strong first quarter that saw the Sky lead by as many as six behind Courtney Vanderslootís 8 points. They opened the quarter with a 6-0 run and closed with a 6-0 run to take a five-point lead at the end of the first period, 20-15.

Chicago stretched the lead to eight (28-20) to start the second quarter. The Liberty rallied, going on a 16-3 run over 3:21 to turn that eight-point Sky lead into a five- point New York lead (36-31). The Sky got it back to one point after Prince got to the line, making all four attempts, but Cappie Pondexter (29 points) closed the half with a pull-up jumper to put New York back up 38-35 at halftime.

The Sky used a 14-5 early in the third to regain the lead. After a back and forth third quarter the Sky used a 13-2 run capped off by a four-point play by Prince to gain their largest lead of the game at 62-52. Prince finished with 15 points in the quarter as the Sky took a 64-59 lead into the fourth.

The Liberty used a 17-5 run at the start of the fourth quarter to take a 69-67 advantage. The two teams battled back and forth before Vandersloot nailed a huge three from the right wing with 1:24 to go to put the Sky up by six. Pondexter responded with six consecutive New York points to tie the game back up with 45 seconds remaining. Both teams had the chance to take the lead in the final minute, but Prince missed a tough layup and Pondexterís jumper as time was no good as time expired, sending the game into overtime.

The Sky established a lead to start overtime when Prince hit a three to make it 95-92 with 2:28 remaining, and they led by four with 39 seconds left after Prince found Breland for a layup to make it 101-97. Pondexter nailed a tough three out of a timeout with 35 seconds left to pull it back to a one-point game. Breland hit a clutch step-back jumper to ice the game helping the Sky run away with a 105-100 victory.

The Sky return to action at Allstate Arena on Friday, June 20, when they host the Indiana Fever at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on The U Too and WNBA LiveAccess.