Sky Come Up Short

The Sky battled down the stretch but lost a heart-breaker to the Sacramento Monarchs, 54-52. Nicole Powell nailed a running one-handed jump shot down the lane with 4.7 seconds left in the game to seal the deal for the Monarchs. Powell finished the game with 16 points.

The Sky had one last opportunity to extend the game into overtime. Armintie Price received an inbound pass in the corner and lobbed the ball to Candice Dupree under the basket. She had a wide open lay-up backside, but couldn’t get a good handle on the ball, it was tipped away and time expired on the Sky.

“This game shows we can contend,” said Dupree. “If we lose to the top team in the west by only two points, it says a lot about our team.”

Neither team could find a rhythm shooting the ball, as both teams shot under 40% from the floor. Both teams scored a season low in points in a very hard fought, physical game that could have gone either way.

"We really fought,” said Sky Head Coach Bo Overton. “We defended. They're a good rebounding team and we out-rebounded them. We just couldn't make a shot. We guarded them. We took care of that part of the game. It was just one of those nights where our people who can normally shoot just couldn't land a shot."

Dupree posted her fourth double-double of the season and sixth of her career, completing the feat by dominating the game in the first half, scoring 13 of her game-high 21 points and 12 of her game-high and career-high 14 rebounds in the first half.

Kara Lawson provided an early spark for the Monarchs coming off the bench. The Monarchs began the game 0-5 from the floor, then Lawson came in and scored 8 of her team-high 19 points in less than 6 minutes of play in the first quarter to help keep the Monarchs in the game early.

"Chicago's for real and we know that,” said Lawson. “I've been watching Dupree since college, and she's unbelievable. The way she's progressed -- she's one of the best post players in the league."

The Sky held a two-point lead with just seconds remaining in the first half, when Powell nailed a wide-open three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to give the Monarchs a 30-29 half-time advantage. Both of Powell’s half-ending shots proved to be back-breakers to the Sky.

Chasity Melvin became the 11th player in WNBA history to record 1,500 career rebounds in the June 17 game against Connecticut. Melvin scored 4 points and pulled down 6 rebounds on the night.

Sky rookie Armintie Price scored 10 points on the night, improving on her season average of 7.6 points per game coming into the game, 4th among all rookies.

The Sky’s next game is at home on Saturday, June 23 as they take on the Washington Mystics at 7 pm. The Sky defeated the Mystics 75-50 back on June 1 in the teams’ first match-up the season.