Sky Strike Back, Series Tied 1-1

With the win the Eastern Conference Finals series is tied 1-1 and will be decided at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Wednesday, September 3.

Epiphanny Prince handed out five assists in the first quarter to help the Sky establish momentum early. Tamera Young and Sylvia Fowles were the beneficiaries, as Fowles poured in six points in the quarter while Young added four. At the end of the first quarter, Chicago trailed 18-16.

Erlana Larkins helped Indiana extend their lead to double digits midway through the second quarter until 2014 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Allie Quigley nailed two clutch three pointers to keep the Sky within striking distance. At the half, the Sky cut the deficit to eight points, 39-31.

Chicago came out in the second half with the mindset to get the ball inside to Sylvia Fowles. After having just six points at the half, Fowles finished the game with 27 as the Sky continued to give her touches inside and she was able to capitalize.

“We fed the monster,” said Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. “She was in beast mode in every aspect.”

Guards Vandersloot and Quigley scored a combined seven points in the third as the Sky regained momentum and cut the Fever’s lead to just one point with less than 30 seconds left. Indiana’s Karima Christmas closed the quarter with a three pointer to push the lead out to four, 52-48.

A three pointer by Elena Delle Donne early in the fourth quarter gave Chicago their first lead since the first quarter. As time continued to run out, the game became a battle of point guards with Courtney Vandersloot and Briann January trading impressive play after impressive play, each seemingly willing their teams to victory. Tamika Catchings hit a jumper from the wing with 11.6 seconds left in regulation to put Indiana up two. On the following possession, Young scored on a crucial put-back layup with one second remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime, 71-71.

Indiana and Chicago traded baskets through the first overtime with Sylvia Fowles and Tamika Catchings providing the bulk of the scoring. The first extra period ended even at 79-79, forcing a double overtime. In the second overtime, Young once again delivered, grabbing a defensive rebound as time expired to secure an 86-84 victory.

The Sky heads to Indianapolis to play an Eastern Conference series-deciding Game 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m. CT. The game will broadcast on NBATV and WNBA Live Access. The winner of Game Three will advance to the WNBA Finals starting on Sunday, September 7th against the winner of the Western Conference Finals.