Sky look to keep Mercury Cool in Chicago


A cold 2011 start for the Mercury, could prove to be optimal timing for the Sky to set take control of the 2011 series, as perennial All-Star Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury, just 2-3, in the midst of a four game road trip, head to Chicago on Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m.

While the Mercury grabbed its first win of the season on Sundayís overtime matchup against the Indiana Fever, it is only a matter of time before this high powered offense gets going.

The Sky have not fared well against Phoenix in its first five years, losing the first nine contests against the Mercury. But the last time out, on August 10, 2010, the Sky finally broke through with their first W in the series 91-82.

It has been Taurasiís hot hand that has given the Sky the most trouble in the past, sitting 3rd on the all-time list for most points scored against the Sky with 252. With 28 points, she will move into first. In last yearís first matchup on August 1, Taurasi propelled the Mercury scoring 35 points, the all-time scoring record for a Sky opponent in a game.

Fortunately for the Sky, the Mercury has not found a way to slow down Sylvia Fowles, who averages 29.5 points against the Mercury in her career. And this year she may go for more. With rookie Vandersloot finding new ways to get her the ball, Fowles is averaging a career high 21.2 points per game to lead the WNBA in scoring.

Since both teams can knock down threes, bank their baby-hooks, and execute efficient and explosive offenses, this game will likely be determined by who puts in the effort on the other end of the court.