'We Are Becoming a Team'

In a season of streaks, the Chicago Sky was able to overcome a 13-point first half deficit to defeat another Eastern Conference foe starting another winning streak.

With a 20 point effort from co-captain Jia Perkins, her fifth double digit performance in a row, the Sky was able to hold off a late rally by the Washington Mystics to capture their second victory in as many games, 79-72. After rushing the majority of her shots to start the season, Perkins was able to get back in her groove the last few games.

“I wasn’t shooting the ball where I like to shoot the ball,” Perkins said. “Now I am just comfortable and in a better rhythm.”

Despite having zero second chance points into the third quarter, the Sky (6-8) came through when it counts. With 3:48 left in the third, Dominique Canty, who had another solid offensive night with 13 points, shooting 5-for-9 from the field, battled for a rebound on an errant three pointer by Cathrine Kraayeveld and put it back up for the deuce. The Sky never looked back.

Joining in Perkin’s efforts was the usual cast for the Sky. Rookie Epiphanny Prince continues her campaign for rookie of the year, finishing with 14 points; nine coming from behind the arc. Fowles, who contributed 16 points, thinks the team is starting to get on the right track.

“We’re getting there. Not just myself, but my team,” Fowles said. “We are becoming a team as a whole. We can’t get the big head. We just have to utilize things that we are good at.”

Playing nearly 37 minutes, Mystics (8-5) forward Crystal Langhorne was able to end her offensive woes against the Sky, leading her team with 25 points. In the first two games against the Sky this season, Langhorne scored six and nine points respectively. Lindsey Harding, a Sky killer who finished with 13 points, knew Friday night was unlike their previous contests.

“I felt like we just had some more turnovers than usual tonight,” Harding said. “After the Sky took the lead, we just could never make a run to come back in the game.”

Head Coach Steven Key is seeing signs of the team that reeled off four straight victories earlier in the season, largely coming off the strong play of the backcourt.

“We aren’t going to get big headed but when Sylvia has three or four people guarding her, we have shooters that can step up,” Key said. “When we won those other four games, this is exactly what happened.”


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