Liberty Visit Chicago Sky

Ros Gold-Onwude

The New York Liberty visit the Chicago Sky on Friday, August 23rd, at 8:30pm ET for their fifth and final matchup of the regular season.

The Liberty (10-15) look to bounce back from an 88-57 loss to the Minnesota Lynx on August 18th. Maya Moore led the Lynx with 28 points. Cappie Pondexter did not play in the game due to an injured heel. Her backcourt mates, Katie Smith and Alex Montgomery led the way for the Liberty, each scoring 11 points.

The Sky (18-8) return from a 79-73 win over the Mystics in Washington. Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points in her return to the court after missing games due to a sprained foot. Sylvia Fowles added a double-double of 16 points, 15 rebounds. Courtney Vandersloot scored a season high 19 points to go along with 7 assists. With a win against the Liberty the Sky would secure a playoff berth, the first in franchise history.

The Liberty and Sky last matched up on July 20th in Chicago with the Sky prevailing, 80-69. Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty with 22 points but also tallied 6 turnovers in the game. Plenette Pierson battled with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Liberty shot just 36% from the field while the Sky enjoyed a strong 46% shooting percentage from the field. While New York was able to contain Elena Delle Donne to just 2-8 shooting and 7 points, her teammates stepped up with 5 players scoring in double digits. Sylvia Fowles scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the game.

Keys To The Game:

Contain EDD
Elena Delle Donne can shoot the three, pull-up, and get to the basket. The Liberty have to take something away from her. Elena will score; the goal is to take away one of her options. Don’t allow Delle Donne to get hot from all three spots thus putting a lot of pressure on your defense.

Shooting % and TOs
Against the Sky the Liberty have struggled with shooting percentage and turnovers. Offensive efficiency will be critical against the Eastern Conference’s top ranked team. For the Liberty this usually means sharing the ball, good spacing, and being opportunistic with pushing the ball up the court. It’s when ball and body movement gets stagnant that the team seems flat on offense.