Sky Falls to Seattle Storm

The Sky ran into a storm named Lauren Jackson in Seattle, losing to the Storm for the second time this season, 76-94. Lauren Jackson led all scorers with 33 points, and topped the 30-point mark for the fifth time this season. The Sky has three consecutive losses and falls to 6-8 on the season.

“I just think Lauren Jackson is a great player. We tried to run some things at them tonight and Seattle did a great job of executing, making shots and making plays. We couldn’t stop them,” said Sky Head Coach Bo Overton.

“Overall, our defense wasn’t very good,” said Sky forward Candice Dupree. “We gave up 32 points in the third quarter or something crazy like that. Stuff like that is going to hurt us. We have to find a way to change the way we come out in the third quarter. It was just one of those games – I don’t think we really did anything positive as a team.”

Jia Perkins led the Sky with 19 points, tying her season high, and pulled down 7 rebounds. She started for the injured Dominique Canty, out with an ankle sprain. Perkins passed the 500 career points milestone in the game. Dupree had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Jackson guarded Dupree most of the game, holding her to only two points in the opening quarter and nine in the first half. Dupree entered the game averaging 19.7 points per game, third best in the WNBA.

At the end of the first quarter, the Storm led, 20-14 on .533 shooting. The Sky shot .313. Jackson scored nine points in the first quarter and pulled down five rebounds. Although the Sky out-rebounded the Storm 10-7, the Storm outscored the Sky in the paint 14-4.

At the half the Storm led the Sky by 14. The Sky out-rebounded the Storm in the half, 18-13, but continued to be pushed around in the paint, 20-8.

In the second half, foul trouble kept the Sky out of reach, with all four post players in trouble (Dupree, Carla Thomas, Chasity Melvin and Kayte Christensen). The Sky had 22 fouls in the half, compared to 14 for the Storm.

“Candice just continues to keep playing well. I thought Jia Perkins came in and gave us some great minutes tonight. We’re doing some good things,” said Overton. “We’ve had two not very good games and couldn’t stop people. But a lot of that is the other team and who we’re playing. We know that. We’ll continue to keep fighting.”

The Sky continues its West Coast road trip with the second game of three in Sacramento at 9pm CDT on Friday, June 29. The game can be heard live on WVON 1690AM.