No ‘Shocker’ as Sky pummels Tulsa in front of record crowd
The Tulsa Shock seemed to be up against more than just one opponent on Wednesday afternoon at Allstate Arena. The Chicago Sky received help from a record crowd of 13,838 to top the 1-12 Shock, 72-54, and improve to 7-7 on the season.
The record crowd showed up for the annual Camp Day at Allstate Arena and watched the Sky jump out to an early 41-22 lead over the visitors midway through the second quarter, thanks in large part to a monster first half from Sylvia Fowles (14 points and 7 rebounds).
But following back-to-back threes from Doneeka Lewis and Andrea Riley to end the first half, the Shock may have felt like they escaped a gladiator ring with a sprained pinky, trailing just 43-31 heading into the locker room.
The Sky lead dwindled to 47-42 midway through the third quarter following a Jennifer Lacy bucket, but a Chicago 12-2 run stretching into the fourth quarter put the home team back up 15, finally putting away Tulsa.
The raucous crowd was so loud they upset Tulsa’s rhythm on multiple occasions, forcing the Shock into shot clock violations and turnovers throughout the contest.
Fowles finished the game with 21 points and 13 rebounds, furthering her quest for a WNBA MVP. Epiphanny Prince chipped in with 11 points, six assists and five steals, and Tamera Young contributed 10 points off the bench.
The Sky never trailed and dominated the Shock in fast break points (18-2) and points in the paint (40-12). Chicago is back in action on Saturday when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Dream in a 6:30 p.m. contest.