Sky Stopped in Washington

The Chicago Sky fell to the Washington Mystics 79-68 inside the Verizon Center on Friday night. After a back-and-forth first three quarters of action the Mystics held the Sky to just 15 fourth-quarter points en route to a home victory.

Epiphanny Prince, coming off an 18-point performance on Tuesday night, helped the Sky jump out to an early 5-2 lead. Prince was aggressive on both ends of the floor allowing the Sky to stay close in a first quarter where both teams struggled to score. The Mystics led 14-12 at the end of the first.

To start the second quarter, Allie Quigley knocked down back-to-back jump shots to ignite the Sky's offense. Chicago took a 27-25 lead midway through the second before Washington went on a 9-0 run led by veteran guard Kara Lawson's seven second-quarter assists. Quigley led all scorers at the half with 10 points off the bench while Sky center Sasha Goodlett established a presence in the paint with seven points and six rebounds. The Sky trailed 38-34 at the half.

To start the third quarter, Epiphanny Prince caught fire from deep nailing seven third-quarter points. A Quigley three pointer and pull up jumper from Tamera Young knotted the game at 52 points apiece with time winding under a minute in the quarter. Chicago regained the lead (53-52) but the Mystics scored last as time expired to take a one-point advantage (54-53) heading into the final quarter.

The Mystics exploded on a 10-0 run to mount a double-digit lead during a 2:45 spurt in the fourth. With a short-handed roster the Sky could not match the Mystics fourth-quarter punch, dropping their second road game of the season. Allie Quigley set a new career high with 18 points in 30 minutes off the bench. Prince finished with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. Sasha Goodlett tied a career-high with nine points and eight rebounds.

The Sky return to action at Allstate Arena on Wednesday, June 18 against the New York Liberty. Earlier this season the Sky spoiled the Liberty's return to Madison Square Garden using a late surge in the fourth quarter to run away with a 79-65 victory. Wednesday's "Camp Day" game tips off at 11:30 a.m. CT.

For tickets to see the Sky play at Allstate Arena this summer call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET