Sky Beats Mystics

The Chicago Sky bounced back from a tough overtime loss to Connecticut on Thursday night, defeating the Washington Mystics, 75-70, on Friday night. The Sky is now 2-3, with both wins on the road. The Mystics are 0-5, the worst start in franchise history.

In her first start since the trade with Washington for Monique Currie last week, Chasity Melvin had her first double-double for the Sky, finishing with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. She also broke the team record for rebounds in a game and for defensive rebounds in a game (12).

Candice Dupree and Jia Perkins both finished with 19 points for the Sky, with Dominique Canty adding 18. Canty broke Candice Dupree's team records for both free throws made (12) and attempted (14) in a game. Rookie Armintie Price was 1- for-5 from the field, but contributed 9 rebounds.

The Mystics had a full plate going into the game, with the resignation of Head Coach Richie Adubato a few hours before tip-off. He was replaced by interim coach Tree Rollins. Alana Beard scored 19 points and Nakia Sanford had 11 for the Mystics, who shot a season-low 32 percent from the field. Monique Currie contributed 7 points and 2 rebounds in 15 minutes of play.

The game was close through the first half, with six lead changes. The Mystics led 34-30 at the half, outscoring the Sky 19-12 in the second quarter. The Sky started the second half with a 6-0 run, but couldn’t hold on to a 2-point lead, and the Mystics led at the end of three quarters, 51-47.

The Sky came back in the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run, led by veteran Jia Perkins, whose consecutive 3-pointers gave the Sky a lead they never relinquished. Perkins scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

The team flies home to Chicago on Saturday morning, and will take on the Minnesota Lynx at 5pm on Sunday, June 3. The game can be heard live on WVON 1690AM.