Sky Sink Liberty

In front of a raucous camp-day crowd in Newark, the Chicago Sky rolled to an easy 75-55 win over the New York Liberty behind Elena Delle Donne’s 23 points. The win puts Chicago in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference at 11-4, a half-game ahead of the Atlanta Dream. This is the franchise’s best start since its inception in 2006.

The Sky looked comfortable and confident despite missing Sylvia Fowles who is out after aggravating her previous ankle injury Friday’s game against Connecticut. Reserve center Carolyn Swords stepped up to fill the gap of her recent Eastern Conference Player of the Week (July 8-14) teammate. She finished the game with a season high 12 points and a career high in steals (5).

The Sky jumped out to a huge early lead, scoring the first 13 points of the game. They finished the quarter with a 34-11 lead, the best first quarter for the Sky this season.

Despite the Liberty’s attempts to pick up speed in the second quarter, the Sky contained them on defense, forcing the Liberty to 12 turnovers. The Sky also allowed the Liberty just 25 points going into half-time, the lowest first-half point total of the season for a Sky opponent.

The Sky continued to control the game in the third and fourth quarter. The Liberty could not make up ground despite Pondexters’ pressure on defense and aggressiveness on offense. She was denied the shots that have made her the Liberty’s point leader in the first two games of the series (19.5 ppg). Today, Pondexter was held to just nine points.

The Liberty and Sky make their way to the Allstate Arena on Saturday, July 20 for their fourth meeting this season. The game begins at 7 p.m. CT and will air on The U Too. Join the Sky and the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-Chicago) who will host a “Get Organized Chicago” event at Allstate preceding the game. Those who donate will receive 50% off tickets for the evening rematch.