Sky Aims to Keep Atlanta Down
The Chicago Sky finally figured out the Atlanta Dream after the first quarter of their second matchup on July 9th at Allstate Arena. From the start the second quarter until the end of the game, the Sky outscored the Dream 71-47 in a come-from-behind 81-69 win in front of a crowd of 5,679.
Epiphanny Prince scored 24 points and Courtney Vandersloot chipped in 16 to go along with nine assists, helping the Sky pull away for the victory.
Although the Dream dropped to just 3-8 after the loss, Atlanta’s big athletic guards have given Chicago matchup problems so far this season. In the first meeting between the two teams in Atlanta on June 21, the Dream built a big early lead before escaping with a 71-68 victory thanks to a balanced scoring attack led by Angel McCoughtry with 14 points. It looked like more of the same in Chicago as the Dream outscored Chicago 22-10 in the first quarter.
A key to the quick turnaround in game two for the Sky was taking care of the ball after a shaky first quarter. The Sky committed eight of their 20 turnovers in the first quarter alone, but focused on protecting the ball the rest of the game, which enabled them to walk away victorious.
Chicago will need a similar performance in all four quarters on Saturday when they duke it out with the Dream in Atlanta for the third of four matchups between the two teams this season. The two teams currently sit in the four (Chicago) and five (Atlanta) spots in the Eastern Conference and very well could be competing for a playoff spot near the end of the season.
Containing McCoughtry (15.3 points per game), Erika de Souza (12.7) and the recently reinstated Sancho Lyttle (12.5) will be keys to success for the Sky defense.
Tune in to Comcast CN 100 and see Sky Rookie Courtney Vandersloot lead the Sky in what should prove to be another fast paced, exciting match up.