Sky Stopped At Home

The Chicago Sky dropped just their third game at home this season falling 82-77 to the Indiana Fever on Friday night, ending their six game winning streak. The Sky and Fever took the court in the first quarter looking like two evenly matched squads. The two Eastern Conference rivals went back and forth throughout quarter settling for a 19-19 tie at the end of one.

The Fever scored the first four points of the second quarter followed by four straight from the Sky to tie it back up. The Fever broke the tie just under the halfway mark to take the lead, starting an 18-8 run that led to a ten point lead at halftime. The Sky trailed 44-34 at the end of the half.

The Eastern Conference’s top team knew they would need to play tough defense to get themselves back in the game against the only team to have beaten them twice this season. The Fever continued to find ways to score in the second half thanks in large part to Briann January who had a career high 23 points in the game. A three-point basket by January, who had also career high five three’s on the night, gave the Fever a 15 point lead midway through the third.

The Sky cut the deficit to nine with four straight points to start the fourth quarter but their Fever continued their strong shooting effort going back up by 16 with six minutes to go in the game. The Sky went on an 8-0 run with under three minutes to play, cutting the deficit to six, but with only 33.9 seconds remaining the Sky’s comeback fell short.

Fowles, who hit her 1,000th career field goal tonight, had a team high 23 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks. Epiphanny Prince had 19 points for the Sky and Elena Delle Donne finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. With her 12th point at the 8:32 mark in the third quarter, Delle Donne broke the Sky record for points by a rookie in a single season, set by Candice Dupree in 2006.

The Sky were without point guard Courtney Vandersloot who injured her ankle during warm ups pre game. Further evaluation on the ankle will take place in the coming days. Erlana Larkins recorded a double-double for the Fever with 13 points and 12 rebounds, also adding a career high six assists. Tamika Catchings also had a double-double finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. All five starters scored in double figures for the Fever.

Next up, the Sky head to Washington D.C. to face the Washington Mystics on Sunday,September 8. The game can be seen on The UToo and WNBA Live Access at 3:00 pm CT.