Fever Stop Sky's Streak

The Chicago Sky has proved they know how to come back in a game that seems out of reach. They proved that once again Tuesday night as the Sky ended the third quarter on a 16-0 run to close the lead to next to the slimmest of margins. However, with much needed adjustments defending Sylvia Fowles, the Fever walked away from Allstate Arena with a 58-51 victory.

After a shaky first half in which the Sky shot 19 percent from field and had zero bench points, a strong suit for the Sky this season, they went into halftime trailing 39-21.

With 4:23 left in the third quarter, the Sky turned into a different team. Erin Thorn, who came in at the 4:11 mark, helped force three Fever turnovers and then drained a three right in front of the opponent’s bench. For the rest of the quarter, it was the Sylvia Fowles show.

In the third quarter alone, Fowles tallied 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, while converting on all five of her free throws. Fowles finished the game with 26 points and tying her career-high with 18 rebounds. The nine rebounds she took down in the quarter was a franchise record.

Fowles aggressiveness, on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball resulted in eight Fever fouls to the Sky’s one. The Fever shot only 17 percent from the field in the third, going 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.

Despite hopes and energy running high heading into the final quarter, the Sky went back to their first half offensive struggles. The Sky went 3-of-15 from the field to go along with their five turnovers. Fowles, who could not be stopped in the first half, had only two points.

“We made some adjustments maybe in the last four or five minutes and just didn’t let Sylvia [Fowles] score anymore,” Fever Head Coach Lin Dunn said. “She was really hurting us because we had been helping too much off of her. We did all we could do with Sylvia and I thought down the stretch in crunch time, I’d be curious if she scored.”

Dominique Canty added seven points for the Sky. All-Star Tamika Catchings proved trouble for the Sky once again, finishing with 16 points, 14 coming in the first half. The Fever has now won all four contests this season, with the final coming July 17 in Indiana. If the Sky wants to make a playoff run, they, along with their man in charge, know some adjustments must be made.