Sky Take Down Liberty

The Sky defeated the New York Liberty 87-74 in the first of five regular season matchups this season. The Sky hold on to the number two spot in the Eastern Conference by improving their record to 6-3 on the season with a 4-0 record at home.

Elena Delle Donne led the Sky with a career high 26 points. She also added three blocks, six assists, and seven rebounds. Sylvia Fowles added another double-double to her resume with 19 points and 14 rebounds along with four blocks. Shay Murphy hit several career highs after contributing 13 points and three steals off the bench for the Sky.

Chicago native Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty with 21 points while Leilani Mitchell added 12 points and seven assists.

The Sky got off to a quiet start as they trailed 13-2 early to a hot shooting Liberty team. While the scoring picked up for the Sky after calling a timeout, the Liberty continued to hit shots taking a 30-15 lead after the first quarter. The Liberty shot 62% from the field while hitting 50% from the behind the arc in the first quarter.

The second quarter turned into an offensive explosion for the Sky as they began the quarter on an eight point run to pull within single digits. A couple of defensive stops on ensuing possessions gave the Sky an opportunity to get back in the game. Epiphanny Prince found Shay Murphy in the corner for a three to pull the Sky within three. Elena Delle Donne was then fouled on a made jumper and hit the free throw to tie the game at 37. Then Shay Murphy swooped in to steal the ball, racing down the court for a breakaway to give the Sky the 39-37 lead.

The Sky finished the second quarter shooting 47.6% from the field and 60% from 3-point range, holding the Liberty to just 12 points in the quarter. They ended the first half with a 44-42 lead.

Both teams came out strong in the third quarter keeping pace with each other throughout the way with the Sky taking a one point lead into the fourth. An 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter put the Sky up 70-61 and they never looked back.

With six points in the game Swin Cash passed Sue Bird becoming the 15th all-time leading scorer in WNBA history with 4,464 career points.

Next up, the Sky will welcome Western Conference opponent Los Angeles Sparks to Allstate Arena on Saturday, June 29th at 7 pm CT. The game can be seen on The U