Sky Take Down Sparks

The Chicago Sky defeated the Los Angeles Sparks in their first regular season match up. The Sky improve their overall record to 7-3 while maintaining a 5-0 record at home. The Sky maintained a comfortable lead against the Sparks for the entire game.

Sparks’ forward Candace Parker and Sky’s Elena Delle Donne met for the first time ever in one of the most talked about WNBA match-ups this season.

Parker, averaging 15.3 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game this season, was the leading scorer for the Sparks with 23 points scored in tonight’s game. Delle Donne, averaging 18.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, scored a total of 20 points with eight rebounds.

The Sky started the game with a strong offense scoring the first six points of the game, and a solid Sky defense held the Sparks scoreless for the first two minutes of the game.

Sky forward Sylvia Fowles was the high-scorer of the first quarter with 11 points, two rebounds and two blocks. The Sparks committed a total of five team fouls in the first quarter. The Sky managed a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Fowles was taken out with four minutes left in the second quarter due to an ankle sprain injury and did not return to play in the second half. She scored a total of 17 points in the first half along with five rebounds and two blocks..

At the end of the first half, Sparks’ center Candace Parker was the leading scorer for the Sparks with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Sky forward Elena Delle Donne scored eight points with five rebounds. The Sky remained in the lead at the half, 47-41.

At the end of the third quarter, the Sky was shooting 90.5% from the free throw line. Sky guard Epiphanny Prince scored 12 points in the third quarter. Prince was the leading scorer for the Sky with 21 points.

The Sky managed just one turnover in the first half, tying their record. The Sky finished the game shooting 93.8% from the free throw line. The Sky also hustled for 14 offensive rebounds against the Sparks.

Next, the Sky will take on the Seattle Storm at Allstate Arena on Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. CST. The game can be accessed on ESPN2 and WNBA Live Access.