Faulkner, Sky Steal Show in LA

Rookie guard Jamierra Faulkner had a career night, scoring 27 points as the Sky (8-8) captured the win defeating the Los Angeles Sparks 90-83. For the Sky, it was the franchise's first victory in Los Angeles since July 1st, 2007.

Jessica Breland ignited a quick start by the Chicago Sky, scoring six of the team's first 10 points. The duo of Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike kept the Sparks in the game, scoring 16 points early to help Los Angeles keep pace. In her first WNBA start, Faulkner contributed 10 points in the first quarter before picking up her third foul. Faulkner joined Prince on the bench, who was also in early foul trouble, allowing the Sparks to close the quarter with a 15-6 run to take the lead (27-22) after the first.

The Sparks used a 12-2 run early in the second quarter to stretch their lead to as many as 12 points. Chicago answered with a 13-4 run led by Tamera Young who had six points and five rebounds in the quarter to bring the Sky within three at the half (44-41).

Momentum shifted to start the second half and the Sky used a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game (48-46) since the first quarter. The Sky locked in on defense and held the Sparks to a season-low 13 points in the third quarter. Chicago built their lead to as many as seven points as Faulkner chipped in another eight points to help the Sky maintain a 64-57 lead heading into the fourth.

The Sparks fought back, erasing the deficit quickly, knotting the game at 70 with 5:14 remaining in the fourth quarter. In the absence of Sky starting point guard Courtney Vandersloot, Faulkner and Prince led the Sky down the stretch scoring 19 of the Sky's final 21 points en route to an 80-73 victory. Prince finished with 15 points while Jessica Breland collected her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker combined for 48 points in the game to lead the Sparks.

The Sky plays the second game of a back-to-back as they take on Brittney Griner and the Mercury in Phoenix on Wednesday night. The game will be broadcast live on The U Too and WNBA LiveAccess with tip-off scheduled for 9pm CT. The Sky's three-game West Coast trip concludes against the Seattle Storm on Saturday, July 5.