Sky Edged By Mystics

The Chicago Sky seemed to have control of the game all night long over the Washington Mystics, leading by as much as 11 points early in the fourth quarter, but the Mystics rallied late to outscore the Sky by 13 in the fourth and steal the game, defeating the Sky 77-73.

Alana Beard was a major factor for the Mystics down the stretch, scoring 13 of her game-high 25 points in the final quarter. Beard connected on a running one-handed scoop shot with just over a minute to go to put the Mystics up 5. Beard made good on several free throws in the closing seconds of the game, allowing the Mystics to hold on for the win.

"It just looked like they attacked us. We played on our heels a little bit,” said Sky Head Coach Bo Overton on Washington’s comeback. “They're a good team and they made some big plays. We were still focused. We had some good looks, but the shots just didn't fall in the fourth quarter."

Chasity Melvin scored 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for the Sky. Midway through the third quarter, Melvin scored her 8th point of the night, bringing her career total to 3,000. She is only the 10th player in WNBA history to score over 3,000 points and record 1,500 rebounds and the 19th player to score 3,000 points.

Candice Dupree posted her sixth double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 24 points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds.

After being named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week last week, Jia Perkins earned her third start of the season and scored 10 points. Stacey Dales added 10 points and 6 assists in 34 minutes of play, and Armintie Price added 8 points. Dominique Canty returned to the line-up after missing three games with an ankle sprain.

The Sky struggled shooting the ball all evening, shooting only 33.8% from the floor. Washington shot 42.6% on the evening, including 64.3% in their fourth quarter comeback.

Washington’s starting backcourt outscored the Sky’s 35-18. “Our guards didn't make many shots,” said Overton. “When our guards make shots, we can win. That's the story of our team. When it comes down to it, if our guards don't make shots, we're in trouble. It's simple."

The Sky heads to Indiana to battle the Fever tomorrow night at 5pm. The game will be broadcast on WVON 1690 AM or streaming at WNBA.com.