Sky Look to Stun Shock

The Sky is geared up for the Shock as Tulsa comes to town for the first time this season on Wednesday, July 13 in what is also the Sky’s annual Camp Day extravaganza and we celebrate Sky Guy’s Birthday.

The Shock have struggled to find a rhythm on the court so far in 2011 as they currently hold the worst record in the WNBA at 1-10 and were recently rocked by the release of their Head Coach Nolan Richardson. Team USA Olympic legend Theresa Edwards has been named Interim Coach for 2011 and will lead the Shock for only the second time when they face the Sky in Chicago. Edwards will coach her first game on Sunday July 10 when the Shock visit the Mercury in Phoenix.

The Sky head into this game after a tough double header in which they defeated Atlanta 81-69 and will face the Liberty in New Jersey on Sunday at 3pm. It was an amazing second half comeback led by Sky guards Courtney Vandersloot with 9 assists and Epiphanny Prince who scored 24 points and was solid throughout for the Sky.

Ivory Latta, the only player appearing in the starting lineup from the 2010 season, leads Tulsa with 14.6 points per game. Rookie, and 2nd pick of the 2011 WNBA Draft, Elizabeth Cambage, is close behind averaging 14.4 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Shock also receives a solid contribution from rookie forward Kayla Pederson who puts up 11.7 points per game. Three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes and former Olympian Marion Jones add extra star power to the club.

Tulsa, who split with the Sky last season in two games, has revamped its roster with multiple transactions during the past year. Most recently, the Shock signed Doneeka Lewis to its 11-player roster, last playing with the Indiana Fever in 2008. The 5’9” guard will suit up in a Shock uniform for the first time on July 5, and is expected to bring athleticism to the backcourt and much needed experience to the team.

But in the end, it is Sylvia Fowles, considered by many as the best center in the world, who should and will receive the most attention in the game. During last season’s matchups she averaged 24 points per game including a then career high 32 points in Chicago on June 5th. With the addition of Cambage, the Shock believes they finally have someone to compete in the paint with Fowles. Only time will tell which center will take control. The Sky is on a roll and Head Coach Chatman will have them ready for this match up.

As the Sky is hosting its annual Camp Day and celebrating Sky Guy’s Birthday with an expected record crowd of 12, 000 this will surely help energize the Sky to stun the visiting Shock.