Milestone Win

Center Sylvia Fowles has been the dominant post player in the Eastern Conference this year and tonight she put to rest any doubt that rookie phenom Tina Charles might take over as the leading lady.

Charles and the rest of the Sun had no answer for Fowles as she finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Fowles shot 79 percent from the field as the Sky won their second in a row against Eastern Conference foe Connecticut, 92-80.

“Sylvia was 11-for-14 but she was really driving that,” Head Coach Steven Key said. “After they collapsed, we got a lot of wide open shots and I think she capitalized early.”

Fowles wasn’t the only one on fire Thursday night at Allstate Arena. The Sky (7-9) set a franchise record in the first half shooting 68 percent from the field. Their previous high was 65 percent set back in 2006.

Adding to the fun was Ms. milestone herself Dominique Canty. With her second point of the game, she recorded her 2,500th point. That wasn’t all. Sharp shooter Erin Thorn continued her dominance from behind the arc recording her 1,500 point as she tallied 12 points, nine coming from 3-point range.

Five Sky players scored in double digits. Mistie Bass, starting her second game of the season, earned her spot finishing with 13 points. Tamera Young, who is starting in place of the injured Shameka Christon had a season high with 15 points shooting 5-for-7 from the field.

“The situation is Mistie gives us great energy, willing to do a lot of the dirty little things,” Key said. “When she continues to contribute in that way, we will have to keep that lineup in mind.”

Entering the second half down by 24 points, the third quarter belonged to the Sun (10-6). However, when the Sky needed a boost, their starters stepped up. Despite being outscored by 15 points in the third quarter, Fowles was able to hold the comfortable lead.

“They weren’t knocking down shots they would normally knock down,” Fowles said. “So it was a matter of fact that they were going to get going. Our main focus was to keep everybody together to make sure we didn’t get scattered.”

Coming off of a 100-point performance, the Sun offense hit a wall in the first half scoring only 29 points to compliment their 35 percent shooting percentage. However, the shooting came back as four players finished in double digits. Despite the offensive spurt in the second half, Head Coach Mike Thibault said the early deficit was too much.

“They were really good early and we were really bad,” Thibault said. “We helped them be good and they were good. It didn't matter what defense we were in. By the time we decided how hard we really had to play to win, we had to big of a hole to dig out of.”

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