Fowles becomes Sky all-time field goal leader
As she has done all throughout her WNBA career, Sylvia Fowles showed up to play. With a layup midway through the third quarter, Fowles converted on her 809th career field goal, which made her the Sky’s all-time leader in that department, passing up Candice Dupree.
Fowles finished with 18 points and eight rebounds but the Sky dropped the contest to the visiting New York Liberty 77-67 Tuesday night at the Allstate Arena.
The inside-outside combination of Cappie Pondexter and Plenette Pierson was too much for the Sky to handle as Pondexter finished with 25 points while Pierson had 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
The Sky were held to 38.0% shooting from the field while the Liberty shot 47.4%.
Shay Murphy scored 15 of her 16 points in the second half but it was not enough as the Sky’s struggles from the field doomed them.
The Sky dominated the first quarter as they scored 18 points in the paint, including seven second chance points to lead 21-16 at the end of the first. The difference came on the boards as the Sky outrebounded the Liberty 11-6. Seven of the Sky’s 11 rebounds were reeled in off the offensive glass.
The Sky shot 47.4% from the field. Pierson scored eight points in the first to lead the Liberty while Fowles and Swin Cash scored six a piece.
It was all Liberty in the second quarter as they outscored the Sky 24-11 to take a 40-32 lead into the half. After a layup by Tamera Young at the five minute mark of the quarter, the Sky went ice cold as the visitors manufactured a 13-0 run that ended when Prince hit a three-pointer with 38 seconds left in the quarter. Pondexter scored six of the Liberty’s points during that span.
The Sky were shot 23% (4-17) in the second quarter while the red-hot Liberty were 63% (10-16). Pierson and Fowles led all scorers with 12 points a piece after one half.
After turning the ball over only six times in the first half, turnovers plagued the Sky early in the third quarter as the team had six through the first five minutes of the quarter. Chicago’s struggles continued from the field as they were outscored 21-11 in the first eight minutes of the quarter before Murphy nailed a much-needed three-pointer and Sonja Petrovic converted on a traditional three-point play.
The Liberty lead would balloon to as much as 18 in the quarter before leading 61-49 heading into the final period.
Midway through the third, Fowles converted on a layup which gave her 809 career field goals, making her the Sky’s all-time leader in made field goals. Candice Dupree previously held the record.
Spanning back to the end of the third quarter, the Sky put together a 17-5 run after scoring eleven quick points within the first two minutes of the quarter. Murphy had eight points during that run to cut the Liberty lead to six, 66-60 with 7:45 left in the game.
The Liberty clamped down defensively however as they allowed only a free throw by Murphy until the one minute mark of the fourth. During that span, the visitors would extend the lead to 15 as they pulled away and sealed the victory.
The Sky are right back at it tomorrow night as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Dream. This will be the fourth of five meetings between these two Eastern Conference rivals and the second time these squads meet in six days. The Sky have won two of the first three games against the Dream but Atlanta holds the advantage in the standings as they sit just a game above the Sky for third place in the Eastern Conference.
Tip off is set for 6:00 PM CDT. You can catch all the action on Comcast CN 100 or on WNBA LiveAccess by visiting www.chicagosky.net.