The Chicago Sky (10-4) will take on the New York Liberty (6-8) twice this week as they continue their quest to catch the East’s top-seeded Atlanta Dream. On Thursday the Sky will face the Liberty for the third time this season. They will face them twice more before completing the 2013 series. The Sky has taken the first two games by an average 21 points.

On June 26, the Sky took down the Liberty at home (87-74), overcoming a 17-point first-quarter deficit. Rookie forward Elena Delle Donne’s career-high 26 points to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and three blocks led the team to the win. Assisting her in the paint was Sylvia Fowles who offered 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.

More recently, the Sky trounced the Liberty in Newark on July 7, returning home with a convincing 93-64 victory. The Sky’s rhythm from offense to defense could not be stopped. Delle Donne led all scorers with 20 points. She added six rebounds while continuing to dominate at the free throw line going 4-for-4. Prince was a threat from the outside, adding 18 points to the Sky’s total. She shot 50% from the three point line and 100% from the free throw line.

Cappie Pondexter has showed her consistency during her first two match ups against the Sky averaging 19.5 points. However the Liberty squad is still searching to find stable help for Pondexter in the paint. Repeat starting forward Katie Smith was scoreless in her 18 minutes against the Sky on July 7 while adding just nine points and two rebounds on June 26.

So far this season, the Sky has shown they can get to the charity stripe consistently against the Liberty. During their first two games this season the Sky attempted 52 free throws, making 43 of them. The Sky have proven to be dangerous on the free throw line. Led by Delle Donne and Epiphanny Prince, who are first and fourth in the WNBA respectively, the Sky is the second best free throw shooting team in the league.

The Sky roll into New York with a three-game win streak and also having won six of their last seven games. The Liberty, however, have won just one of their last two games. Despite the recent lackluster performance, the Liberty have found success on their home court this season, holding a solid 5-3 home record. The Sky, who are 4-3 on the road, will have to replicate the strong offensive and defensive rhythm found in their last meeting in order to prevent the Liberty’s from gaining another win at home.

Tune into WNBA LiveAccess at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Thursday, July 18th and if you can't join us in person for the Sky’s second annual Gospel Night on Saturday July 20 you can tune in to The U Too or WNBA LiveAccess to see all the Sky versus Liberty action.