Sky Win Second Straight

The Chicago Sky came out hot, opening the game against the Minnesota Lynx on a 13-0 run. They never relinquished the lead and held off a fourth quarter Lynx comeback for the team’s first home win of the season, 78-72. The win gives the Sky a 3-3 record for the season and the first winning streak in franchise history. The Lynx are 0-7, a franchise-worst season opening record.

Sky rookie Armintie Price led the way in the first quarter, scoring 5 of her 9 points. Price was relentless early in the game, tallying 7 rebounds in the first quarter, including 4 offensive boards. The Sky out-rebounded the Lynx in the first quarter 19 to 8.

“I don’t think I can say enough about Armintie and the plays she makes,” said Sky Head Coach Bo Overton. “She had offensive rebounds, a lot of deflections, and she got to the free throw line a couple of times.”

Minnesota struggled to find their shot all game long. The Lynx shot 3 of 17 from the floor in the first quarter, 7 of 33 in the first half, and finished the game 31.5% from the field on 23 of 73 shooting.

“We are last in the league in field goal percentage. That’s something we try and work on everyday and hope they start shooting better,” said Lynx Head Coach Don Zierden.

The Sky took a comfortable 14 point lead into half time, and appeared to be in total control of the ball game.

Minnesota, who came into the game 0-6 and in need of a first win, would not throw in the towel. The Lynx erased a 16-point Sky fourth quarter lead down to 6 points with 5:03 to go in the game.

“I thought Minnesota just wanted it more. They were really attacking us those last five minutes, attacking the rims, getting offensive rebounds, and that’s something we need to get better at. I think you’ve got to finish a game like that on the boards,” said Overton.

Dominique Canty extended the Sky’s lead back to ten with a fantastic drive down the middle of the lane through traffic for the lay-in. Canty scored 16 points on 4 of 8 shooting, and added 5 assists. She was fouled several times in the closing minutes of the ball game, and was a major factor in the team’s win, shooting 8 of 10 from the charity stripe to help close out the game.

“We got off to a great start,” Overton. “We got them down early, but they kept coming and coming and, fortunately for us, Dominique (Canty) kind of took the game over in the last five minutes.”

Seimone Augustus, the WNBA’s scoring leader, scored a game-high 23 points, including 15 points in the second-half Lynx comeback. Nicole Ohlde scored 17 points, making good on 13 of her 15 free throw attempts. Lindsey Harding added 14 points for the Lynx.

Candice Dupree posted a double-double, scoring a team-high 20 points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds. Dupree has dominated the Lynx this season, scoring at least 20 points in both games.

Chasity Melvin scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in her home debut for the Sky. Claire Coggins played significant minutes off of the bench; adding 6 points and 3 assists in almost 23 minutes.

“Claire is so skilled with the ball. She can get the ball to post players and she’s very smart. She’s had two great games now,” said Overton.

The Sky improves to 3-3 on the season, and will look to make it three wins in a row this Thursday at Phoenix at 9 pm. The game will be broadcast live on WVON 1690AM.