Sky Look to Take Upper Hand vs. New York
Going into the matchup on Sunday, the Chicago Sky is 1-2 against the Liberty, but two wins over their New York rivals in the coming days will change the complexion of the WNBA Eastern Conference playoff race. The two face off first in Chicago on Sunday before heading to New Jersey on Tuesday.
These are the first meetings with New York since the two last played at the Prudential Center on August 4. New York came from behind, outscoring Chicago by 15 in the final quarter to win 59-49 in a defensive struggle. Sylvia Fowles was the only player from the Sky to score in double figures with 11 points while Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty with 15.
The Sky has been playing well the past few games, defeating both San Antonio and Washington on the road before losing a heartbreaker in the closing seconds to Atlanta at home. They rebounded well with a strong win against the Mystics on Friday night and will be looking to build on their win streak.
Fowles has been a force to be reckoned with, averaging a double, double 20 points to go along with 10.2 rebounds per game, and solidifying her case for MVP honors at the end of the season. Forward Tamera Young has also expanded her game beyond her usual role of defensive stopper by averaging 8.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.19 steals per game to make a big contribution.
In New York, however, the Sky is facing a tough test. The Liberty is currently third in the Eastern Conference and has recently added one of the most talented post players in the league in Kara Braxton. Braxton was averaging over ten points per game in Phoenix before joining the Liberty in early August. Combined with Pondexter, one of the most explosive guards in the league, and the versatile Plenette Pierson, the Liberty are poised to make another run in the playoffs where they found success last season until losing in the Eastern Conference Championship.
As the Sky’s regular season draws to a close, every game is crucial. Victories over Eastern Conference opponents are of tremendous value and with New York only a few games ahead in the race to the playoffs, the Sky need to find a way to beat the Liberty to get to the post season.
Tune in to Comcast Xfinity CN 100Tuesday, August 30 at 6:00 p.m. CT for all the action.