Sky look to even the score in Indiana
At 7-1 the Sky head to Indiana to take on the only team they’ve fallen to so far this season. Chicago looks to avenge its home-opener loss to the Fever and tie up the season series.
Meanwhile Indiana will try to bounce back having dropped its last two contests after starting the season 5-0. Star forward and reigning MVP Tamika Catchings scored 50 points combined in those losses, dropping 31 on Connecticut, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Fever hot.
Indiana has been a recurring thorn in the side of Chicago throughout the Sky’s six-year history, owning a 20-5 edge in the all-time series. Catchings has scored the second-most points all-time by an opponent against Chicago with 321 in 23 games. With those kinds of numbers her battle down low with Sylvia Fowles will play a big part over the course of the game.
Fowles has taken a bit of a backseat in the scoring department thanks to the rise of Epiphanny Prince, but still averages a double-double and leads the league in rebounding with 14.7 boards per game.
Prince kept Chicago within striking distance for most of the home opener back on May 25 with 17 points but struggled in the fourth quarter. Closing out has become her calling card in her last six games, however, as she’s converted 25 of her last 45 three-point attempts including two overtime-forcing buzzer-beaters against Atlanta and Tulsa.
The duo of Prince and Fowles has become a deadly one-two punch for the Sky making them one of the most dynamic teams in the league. Chicago’s two-headed monster was on display in its 74-58 win over Seattle Wednesday, as Fowles and Prince combined for 33 points. Fowles grabbed 15 rebounds and Prince tallied six more and dished seven assists.
The Fever may be a little weary as they will welcome the Sky one day after a trip to the nation’s capital for a date with the Mystics. If Indiana starts slow, Chicago will need to jump out to a quick, early advantage to put itself in position for a big win.
Tune into Comcast CN100 for live coverage with tip-off at 6:00 PM Central Time or watch online with LiveAccess from WNBA.com.