Sky Ends Streak
Pondexter had the Sky on their heels all night finishing with 31 points, five rebounds and only missing four of her 18 shots. The Liberty sharp shooting didn’t stop there. As a team, they shot 53 percent from the field, while also shooting 42 percent from the behind the arc.
Epiphanny Prince was the lone bright spot for Coach Key as she finished with 20 points, tying her career-high. The WNBA reigning player of the week Sylvia Fowles was held to only 11 points and didn’t score in the second half.
“Taj McWilliams-Franklin did a great job on Syl (Fowles),” Head Coach Anna Donovan said. “We brought her in for this reason. We had mismatches last year. Taj is just a veteran and just did a great job.”
Dominique Canty keeps climbing the record books as she now joins the “Quad 800” club. With her two field goals tonight, she is only one of seven WNBA players ever to have 800 career field goals made, free throws made, rebounds and assists.
The Sky was held to their second lowest point total of the season, shooting just 40 percent from the field, sinking only 5-of-20 of their 3-point attempts. In addition, New York was able to keep Fowles and Kraayeveld off the boards outrebounding the Sky 34-18, resulting in only three second chance points.
“Everybody knows that if you are not confident in what you are getting done you are all over the place, and particularly for us, they got a chance to shut us down,” Head Coach Steven Key said. “When you’re not in rhythm, it’s going to look like that.”
McWilliams-Franklin added some offensive power for the Liberty recording 10 points and 9 rebounds. Tiffany Jackson and Kia Vaughn had solid games off the bench for Donovan scoring 9 and 7 points respectively. However, anytime they needed a score, Pondexter was there to answer the call.
“I just tried to come out aggressive tonight,” Pondexter said. “This was a great team win for us because we are finally starting to click on all cylinders.”