Sky's Rally Too Little, Too Late

  In front of a franchise-record 16,402 fans at Allstate Arena on Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Sky's fourth quarter rally fell short as Washington escaped with a 72-65 victory. The Sky outscored the Mystics 17-12 in the final quarter but was unable to overcome a 13-point deficit.

  The Mystics capitalized on Sky foul trouble early on, going 7-for-7 from the free throw line to start the game. Despite trailing by as many as five points in the early going, the Sky used balanced and fast break baskets to pull within two points (20-18) by the end of the first quarter.  

After a back-and-forth start to the second quarter, Washington mounted an 8-0 run over a two-minute span to extend their lead to eight points (32-24). The Sky quickly erased the deficit, responding with a 9-2 run of its own, making it a single-possession game, 33-34. After trading baskets to close the quarter, the Mystics maintained a 41-37 advantage at the break. Jamierra Faulkner led all scorers at the half with 11 points and three assists.  

The Mystics outscored the Sky 19-11 in the third quarter to build their biggest lead of the game (63-50). Chicago trailed 70-58 midway through the fourth quarter before Sky center Sylvia Fowles sparked a 7-0 run to pull her team within five points. Fowles erupted for a double-double in the fourth quarter alone, delivering 10 points and 10 rebounds in the final 10 minutes to rally her team. With 42.7 seconds remaining, the Sky had the ball with a chance to make it a single possession game but could not connect, allowing Washington to escape with a 72-65 victory. Fowles led all scorers in the game with 19 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks. Epiphanny Prince added 14 points while Faulkner finished with 13 points and six assists. Bria Hartley paced Washington with 16 points and six assists.   

The Sky host Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury for "Gospel Night" on Friday, July 11 at Allstate Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will broadcast live on The U Too and WNBA LiveAccess. Fans in attendance will enjoy a free post game performance from the Soul Children of Chicago.