Sky Look to Knock Off Defending Champions Again
In the final game of the 2011 regular season this Sunday, the Sky hopes to repeat their success against the defending WNBA Champion Seattle Storm. The last time these two teams faced nearly two months ago, Chicago bested the Storm 78-69 at Allstate Arena.
It was a signature game for the Sky, which showed that Chicago had what it took to beat the league’s best. A 9-1 Sky run in the third quarter secured the lead, and the Sky never looked back. Leading the surge was All-Star center, Sylvia Fowles. In the fourth quarter alone, Fowles scored 12 of her 24 points. Adding to the barrage, Epiphanny Prince had 23 points as she went 2-2 from beyond the arc. Overall, the Sky shot well at 47.6% and defended better, holding the Storm to 41.3% shooting.
Courtney Vandersloot, playing against her childhood hero, Sue Bird, had a solid game of her own as she shot 5 of 11 for 11 points with seven assists and five rebounds. Bird was not ready to pass the torch, however, as she finished with 26 points on an assortment of inside and outside baskets.
"I thought when we stole a few possessions with our zone it really gave us some momentum,” said Sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman following the game. “And then when it boils down to it they had a couple of runs but we answered. That's a step in the right direction against a veteran team…."
The Sky come into Sunday night’s game with a chip on their shoulder as they look to make a statement about the future of their young squad. With a solid win, the Sky can end this season on a positive and optimistic note. The Storm, however, have won six of their last seven games, and will be looking to put the Sky away early as they try to build momentum for the playoffs.
It is going to be an exciting game to finish off 2011 WNBA season for the Sky. Tune in to NBATV or liveaccess for all of the action. Tipoff is at 8:00 p.m. CT.