Sky Fall to Liberty

It was a tale of two halves for the Chicago Sky as they came out looking like the team that has won three in a row, holding New York Liberty star and Sky killer Cappie Pondexter to just six points.

With a nine point lead in the third quarter, it was looking like the Sky would be able to pull out a victory for the first time in four contests against New York. However, with some defensive adjustments and a more aggressive Pondexter, New York was able to hold onto the 79-71 victory.

The shots were falling for the Sky in first half, shooting 57 percent from the field. Sylvia Fowles led the team with nine points in the half, but had trouble getting into a rhythm in the second, finishing with 12 points and 16 boards. Epiphanny Prince once again provided bench support, finishing with 14 points. When the Sky looked to get back in the game, it was Prince taking the ball to the hoop.

The loss drops the Sky record to 11-12, with all 12 losses coming to the Eastern Conference. With a 5-0 mark versus the West, the Sky will need to take advantage of their next seven games, six of which are against the Western Conference teams.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin recorded 18 points for the Liberty on 8-of-11 shooting. Pondexter finished with 16. With the slow start by Pondexter Liberty Head Coach Ann Donovan knew the rest of her team had to step up.

"I was really pleased when a team can be that focused on shutting Cappie down and everyone else stepped up,” Donovan said. “They forced her to pass the ball, so to see other people step up was exciting."

The Sky will be fighting for the final playoff spot as the season winds down. Currently, they are two games back of fourth place Connecticut and with Friday’s loss, one game behind New York. “We’re going to try to win as many games as we can to get into the race,” McWilliams-Franklin said. “This isn’t the West where our record and Chicago’s record we would be second or third, we’re trying to get into the race. Every step we take we are trying to get into the playoffs.”