Sky Fall in Game 1

The Chicago Sky looked ready and excited to hit the court for their first playoff gamein franchise history. The Fever, who had yet to lose at Allstate Arena this season, was looking to keep the streak alive. They did, after the Sky fell 72-85 to the defending WNBA champions.

The Sky took the first basket of the game, a jump shot made by Tamera Young. The two teams went basket for basket through the first 10 minutes, finishing the quarter down 22-25 behind the newly crowned WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne’s 12 points.

The Fever played sharp defense, preventing the Sky any room to breathe. The Sky shot 46.4% from the field in the first half compared to the Fever’s 56.7%. The two teams were in a battle at the three-point line. The Sky, who had just two opportunities past the arc, shot 50%. The Fever, nailed six of their nine attempts led by Karima Christmas with two. The Sky closed the first half trailing 50-37.

The Sky returned to the court looking hungry to put pressure on the Fever in the second An “and one” with 6:42 left in the third quarter by Epiphanny Prince ignited the crowd and the Sky to begin to close the gap. However, the shots continued to fall for the Fever. The Sky finished the quarter trailing 58-72.

Chicago fought back from their largest deficit of 19 but could not break past the 12-point deficit barrier to gain the lead. The Sky and Fever were both held to their lowest quarter point total with 14 and 13 respectively to finish the game.

Delle Donne wrapped up the first Sky playoff match up as the game leader with 20 points and four rebounds. Prince followed with 19 points, going 7-for-7 from the field. Fowles hit a double-double taking down 10 rebounds and offering 16 points. The Fever were led by Shavonte Zellous with 20 points. Erlana Larkins had a doubledouble with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sky will face the Indiana Fever for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday September 22. The 2 p.m. CT game will air nationally on ESPN2.