The Sky Rewrote the Record Books in 2012

It’s been a memorable 2012 season for the Sky with many ups and downs, fantastic finishes and record breaking performances. Considering Chicago boasted two gold medal winning Olympians and an early season MVP candidate, it should come as no surprise that many club records fell. Scroll down to see many of this year’s highlights.

Early Season Excitement:

• Biggest Winning Streak: After a 1-1 start, the Sky reeled off six straight wins, a franchise record for most consecutive wins. The previous high was four.

• Best Start: The Sky’s 7-1 start was easily the best start in team history.

• Back to Back Winners: For the first time in franchise history, the Sky recorded back-to-back winning months (2-1 in May and 5-4 in June).

• Never Gave Up: The 22 point comeback at Atlanta on June 2 was the largest in team history. The Sky broke the Dream’s hearts again with a nine point fourth quarter comeback on July 1– the largest margin ever for the Sky to recover from in the final 10 minutes.

Scoring:

• Biggest Blowout: The Sky had their largest margin of victory in team history (29) in Phoenix on September 16 in an 86-55 win over the Mercury. The previous high was 27 vs. San Antonio on Bastille Day -- July 14, 2010.

• On Fire: In a June 16 contest at Indiana, the Sky shot 12-13 in the first quarter. The 92.3% shooting was the best shooting percentage ever by the Sky in a quarter and third best in WNBA history.

• Fresh Legs in OT: In a 98-91 overtime win against Tulsa on June 8, the Sky scored a franchise-high 21 points in overtime. In the same overtime period, the Sky made 12 free throws, also a franchise record.

• 1,000 Point Club (Part I): Epiphanny Prince became the fifth player in Sky history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

• 1,000 Point Club (Part II): Tamera Young became the sixth player in Sky history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Triple Threat: This team could shoot. The Sky set a new team record for 3-point field goals made with 209. The earlier team record of 186 was set in 2007.

• Making Buckets: The Sky set a new team record for field goals in a season with 957 (the previous high was 917 in 2008).

• Layup Drill: The Sky set a new record for fast break points at Phoenix on September 16 with 26. The previous high was 25 at Atlanta on June 6, 2008.

Rebounding Advantage:

• Controlling the Boards: Led by Sylvia Fowles, the Sky grabbed 1,188 rebounds in 2012, besting the team’s former high mark of 1,165 in a season.

• Limiting the Second Chances: The Sky allowed their opponents only 276 offensive rebounds, well below their former low of 331. This was also best in the league.

• My Ball: Overall the Sky only allowed their opponents 1,022 total rebounds (1,107 was the prior low set in 2011).

Defense:

• Somebody call 911: The Sky set a team record with 297 steals in a single season. Everyone got into the act. Led by Prince’s 47 steals, the Sky had six players with 30+ steals, the only team in the WNBA with more than five. The club’s former record was 284 steals in 2010.

• No Soup for You! Or Second Chance Points! The Sky held the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to a mere three offensive rebounds on September 11, tying a team record for an opponent low. Chicago also gave up zero second chance points to the Lynx that night, setting a new franchise record. The previous high was two against San Antonio on July 24, 2010.

Epiphanny Prince was unbelievable:

• MVP Performance: In one of the most dominant performances in Sky history, Epiphanny Prince scored 24 of her career-high 33 points in the second half of a dramatic 94-92 overtime comeback win in Atlanta on June 2. The 24 second half points broke Sylvia Fowles’ record of 22 at Seattle on September 11, 2011.

• Three Huge Games in a Row: Prince tied Cynthia Cooper’s WNBA record of three straight 30-point performances when she recorded 31 points against Washington on June 1, 33 points against Atlanta the next night and then followed it up with a 32-point outburst vs. Tulsa on June 8. Not surprisingly, she now owns three of the top seven highest scoring performances in team history.

• POW x2: Prince was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week two consecutive weeks in June for her extraordinary play, a franchise first.

Sylvia Fowles owned the paint:

• Double-Double Machine: Fowles began the season by recording eight consecutive double-doubles, tying her own WNBA record from 2011.

• That’s My Bound: Syl pulled down 21 rebounds on June 8 vs. Tulsa, tying her career-high and a Sky franchise record, which she set during the 2010 season. With 19 boards on June 2 at Atlanta, she now owns five of the top six rebounding performances in Sky history and 10 of the top 12.

• All-Time Leader Part I: With five offensive rebounds at New York on June 10, Fowles became the Sky’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds, passing Candice Dupree (287).

• All-Time Leader Part II: On August 17 vs. Atlanta, with her 460th free throw made, Fowles passed Candice Dupree to become the Sky’s all-time leader in free throws made.

• All-Time Leader Part III: With her sixth field goal on August 21, the 809th of her career, Fowles passed Candice Dupree to become the Sky’s all-time leader in field goals made.

• All-Time Leader Part IV: With her eighth point on August 22 at Atlanta, the 2,101st of her career, Fowles passed Candice Dupree to become the Sky’s all-time leader in points scored.

• For her outstanding early season play, Fowles was recognized as the Eastern Conference Player of the Month in May by the WNBA.

Courtney Vandersloot Showed She Could Really Dish

• In 2012, Courtney Vandersloot set a Sky season record with 157 assists breaking her own franchise record of 127 assists from 2011 as a rookie.

• Sloot also dished out 11 dimes in one game at Connecticut on 8/26 breaking the Sky record of 10, which was held by a number of Sky players including the former Gonzaga Bulldog during her rookie season in 2011.