Perkins Leads Sky to Double-OT Win

Chicago 92, Sacramento 84

SACRAMENTO, Calif.(AP) -- Jia Perkins had a career-high 39 points and 10 assists to lead the Chicago Sky to 92-84 double-overtime victory Friday night over the Sacramento Monarchs.

Perkins, who averages 5.9 points and 1.2 assists, was 17-for-24 from the field in 48 minutes for the Sky (7-8) who beat Sacramento for the first time in franchise history. Perkins had career highs in points, assists, and field goals.

"That's pretty much called being an adult,'' Sacramento forward Adrian Williams said. "She probably could have turned around and threw the ball up and it would have gone in. She made some tough shots.''

Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Monarchs (10-6).

Candice Dupree and Armintie Price each had 16 points for Chicago, a second-year team that has been raising eyebrows this season.

"They haven't been playing like an expansion team all year,'' Sacramento coach Jenny Boucek said. "We had a tough time beating them the first time. This is a good team and this is not an anomaly for them.''

After Brooke Wycoff's three-point play with 5:58 left in the final period put the Sky up 69-65, but the Monarchs surged back to take the lead 70-69 on a three-pointer from Nicole Powell at the 3:33 mark. Behind 74-71, Jia Perkins made a 3-pointer to tie the game with 5.9 seconds left.

Ticha Penicheiro's desperation jump shot with 3 seconds left took a hard bounce off the backboard at the end of regulation.

With 20 seconds left in overtime, and trailing 80-78, Chicago worked the clock down to 1.6 seconds, allowing Dupree to tie the game with a layup. The Monarchs called timeout, but Powell's 3-pointer hit the front of the rim.

Price hit two free throws and Perkins hit the next two baskets for the Sky to make the score 90-84 with 1:07 remaining to round out her spectacular night.

"I think I did try to take over the game,'' Perkins said.'' Once you hit your first couple of shots the coach look for you to take over. I was hitting and that was a good thing.''