Sky Outshines Mystics

In a battle of Eastern Conference contenders, the Chicago Sky defeated the Washington Mystics 89-85 in front of a record crowd of 14,201 spectators. Their record improves to 9-4 putting them only 1.5 games back of Atlanta for the top spot in the East.

Sylvia Fowles posted her sixth double-double of the season contributing her season high 26 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks. Elena Delle Donne chipped in 18 points, five assists and three rebounds. Epiphanny Prince added 15 points, and the biggest basket, the eventual game winner with 38 seconds remaining.

The Sky and Mystics found themselves in a close battle through much of the first quarter as the visitors answered almost every Sky bucket with one of their own. The home team took over for good with about a minute left in the quarter thanks to a pair of three point baskets from Allie Quigley. The Sky led the Mystics 19-25 at the end of the first.

The Sky extended their lead in the second quarter behind a fierce offensive attack and a ten point explosion from Delle Donne. The Sky led the Mystics 50-38 at halftime behind a 51.4% first half shooting effort.

The Mystics fought hard in third quarter outscoring the Sky 16-22 allowing them to cut the deficit to six heading into the fourth quarter.

The battle continued in the fourth as the Mystics got within two with 1:47 left in the game. The game was decided in what was a nail-biting last two minutes of the game. The Sky brought the lead back up to four behind two Delle Donne free throws but a three by Ivory Latta cut the lead to one with a minute remaining. Monique Currie made 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game with 44 seconds remaining. Epiphanny Prince hit a jumper with 38 seconds left which turned out to be the game winner as the Sky were able to get two defensive stops to end the game.

Crystal Langhorne led the Mystics with 18 points and eight rebounds while Ivory Latta at 17 points and six assists. Matee Ajavon contributed 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists for the Mystics before being ejected midway through the fourth.

The Chicago Sky will travel to Connecticut for a re-match with the Sun on Friday, July 12th at Mohegan Sun Arena. The game can be seen on WNBA’s LiveAccess at 6:00 pm CT.