The Chicago Sky fell to the Washington Mystics 82-78 on Wednesday afternoon in Washington D.C. The Sky are now 1-1 against the Mystics this season and 12-5 overall, holding onto their first place ranking in the East.

All-Stars Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince led the Sky with 21 and 18 points respectively. Fowles fell just short of another double-double adding nine rebounds to the boards. Elena Delle Donne had 12 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots before leaving the game with a minute remaining in the third quarter with a concussion.

The Sky got off to a fast start taking a 24-12 lead into the second quarter behind a 50% shooting effort.

An 11-2 run to start the second quarter gave the Sky a 21 point lead, their largest of the game. The Mystics fought back with key defensive stops and a 12-4 run of their own helping cut the deficit to nine heading into halftime down 44-35.

The home team came out of the locker room after the half bursting into an 8-0 run to start the quarter, closing the Sky’s lead to one point. Five straight points for the Sky put them back ahead by six. Four free throws and a three-point basket by Tayler Hill gave the Mystics their first lead since their 2-0 start to the game.

The teams exchanged baskets through the rest of the quarter leaving the young camp day fans on the edge of their seats. The teams headed into the final quarter tied at 56, battling for the win.

The Mystics went on an 19-8 run to start the fourth quarter giving them an 11 point lead, their largest of the game. As expected, the Sky fought their way back into the game thanks to a pair of three-pointers by Epiphanny Prince and the inside play of Fowles. The Sky got within three points of the Mystics with 14.9 seconds remaining, but a Mystics free throw sealed the game 82-78.

All-Star Ivora Latta led the Mystics with 18 points and 13 assists while Monique Curry followed with 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Sky begin the second half of the season on Friday, August 2 for a re-match with the Washington Mystics at Allstate Arena at 7:30 pm. You can catch all the action on The U Too or WNBA LiveAccess.