Sky Defeated by Dream
For the second straight game, Jia Perkins kept the Sky (4-7) in the game with a season-high 25 points, shooting 3-for-7 from behind the arc. Sky leading scorer Sylvia Fowles added 24 points, 10 coming in the third quarter and finished 10-for-11 from the charity line.
“She got every foul in the book going to the basket,” Head Coach Steven Key said. “But if we can’t get her the ball and we can’t convert around the basket, it doesn’t matter.”
As the second half progressed, the Sky was able to hang around with strong play from vocal leader Dominique Canty. Her hard drives to the hoop resulted in either a foul or an open look for Perkins.
Iziane Castro Marques led all scorers, tying a career-high 31 points, 27 coming in the second half. All Atlanta starters scored in double figures. Angel McCoughtry, despite having her lowest scoring output of the season finishing with 10 points, helped her team remain atop the Eastern Conference at 9-3, with her hard drives and kick outs.
“Whenever she penetrated and kicked to somebody, we had great success,” Head Coach Marynell Meadors said. “She realized that she was not hitting her shots so that’s what she did. She took over and she tried to assist others in scoring.”
In order to stop a run and gun type of squad, the opposition must convert around the hoop. Even though the Sky went to the free throw line 27 times, converting 25 of those attempts, they couldn’t convert on more than 10 layups.
“What that does is it gives a team that wants to run up and down the court even more confidence,” Key said. “We said two things today, score around the basket and limit your turnovers because this team gets excited and gets confidence in running in transition.”