Sky Rout Mystics

With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, the matinee matchup between playoff hopeful teams Chicago (12-16) and Washington (13-15) gained even more importance as five teams are battling for three remaining playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.

The Sky started by applying the defensive pressure, forcing six Washington turnovers in the game's first seven minutes to take an early 18-7 lead. The Sky shared the scoring load in the first quarter, as seven players contributed points for the Sky as Chicago carried a 20-11 lead at the end of one.

The Mystics cut the Sky's lead to six after three minutes of second quarter action but a pair of three pointers from Faulkner and Delle Donne, and a fast-break layup from Young stretched the lead to 13 capping off a 9-2 Chicago run. Delle Donne, in her second game back from illness, hit four of her first six shots, including a pair of three pointers in the second quarter. The reigning Rookie of the Year finished with 21 points and three rebounds. The Sky extended their lead to 12 by halftime, 43-31.

Emma Meesseman, who had been averaging 14 points and 11.5 rebounds against the Sky this season, came alive in the third quarter scoring 7 points to help the Mystics cut the Sky lead down to three. But a three pointer from Delle Donne and a three-point play from rookie Jamierra Faulkner aided an 8-2 Sky run to end the third quarter, pushing the lead to 61-52.

In the fourth quarter Sylvia Fowles, Epiphanny Prince and Elena Delle Donne accounted for 13 of the Sky's 15 fourth quarter points. Fowles recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Prince added eight points, seven assists and two steals.

"We were solid on defense from the beginning," said Sky head coach Pokey Chatman. "It was just nice to see a complete game and all the dots connect."

Up next the Sky travel to Connecticut to battle the Sun on Tuesday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m. CT. Chicago will look to extend its win streak in hopes of drawing closer to a playoff berth. The game will broadcast live on The U Too and WNBA Live Access.