Fowles and Sky set records, en route to victory over the New York Liberty
For the fourth straight game, Epiphanny Prince dominated. Coming off three straight 30 point games, where she tied Cynthia Cooper for most consecutive 30 point games, Prince scored 26 points on 10-18 shooting from the field as the Chicago Sky improved to 6-1 with a 73-64 win over the New York Liberty on Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
The Sky have now won five straight games, their longest win streak in franchise history. The 6-1 start is also a record for the franchise.
While Prince has been setting records left and right as of late, Sky center Sylvia Fowles quietly set one of her own. With five offensive rebounds in the game, Fowles became the Sky’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds with 288. Candice Dupree previously held the record with 287. Fowles finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Sky pulled away early as the Liberty were never able to get anything going, thanks in large part to the Sky’s stingy defense, which held the Liberty to 39% shooting from the field.
Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty with 22 points, while forward Plenette Pierson, who averaged nearly 13 points per game entering the contest, was held to only two.
The Sky shot 44% from the field for the game, including 10 for 12 from the charity stripe.
Fowles dominated the first quarter as she scored eight points and reeled in four rebounds, three of them offensive rebounds, for the Sky. Chicago used an 11-0 run, highlighted by a nifty left-handed layup by Sky forward Swin Cash, midway through the first quarter to pull from New York as they led 19-14 after one.
The Sky stingy defense held the Liberty to an abysmal 33% from the field while shooting 45% for the quarter.
The Liberty continued to struggle in the second quarter as they could not get anything to drop while Prince got hot as she scored ten points in the quarter. New York put together a mini-run scoring eight straight points to pull within three, 25-22, with 6:11 left in the half before the Sky suffocated the Liberty.
Chicago would respond with a run of their own as they scored ten straight points to extend the lead to 13. The Liberty went ice cold as they did not score for over five minutes before Cappie Pondexter converted on a traditional three-point play with 58 seconds left.
The Sky led 38-27 going into the half as they shot 42% from the field, while holding the Liberty to 31%. Pondexter led all scorers at the half with 15 while Prince paced the Sky with 13.
In the third quarter, the Sky would extend the lead to as much as 14 points as they kept the Liberty at an arms length throughout the entire quarter. Prince continued her dominance in the third as she scored eight in the quarter. Essence Carson scored 7 points in the quarter while Plenette Pierson scored her first bucket of the game in the quarter.
The Sky led 56-45 after three as they continued to dominate the Liberty.
Going into the final quarter, the Liberty had struggled from the floor but that changed in the fourth as New York finally got their inside game going as they would cut the lead to eight on numerous occasions before Chicago pulled away to lead by as much as 17 points. The Sky were too much to handle for the Liberty though as they dropped to 3-6 on the season, snapping their three game win streak.
Swin Cash and the Chicago Sky will host the Seattle Storm at home on Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00 PM CDT. Cash will be playing her former team for the first time since the blockbuster trade that shook the WNBA world on January 2nd when the Sky acquired Swin Cash and Le’coe Willingham in exchange for the second overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft.
Join the Sky as they partner with the Anti-Defamation League to present Anti-Bullying Night. If you can’t make the game, make sure to catch it on Comcast CN 100 or on WNBA LiveAccess by visiting www.chicagosky.net