After defeating the defending WNBA champions 71-61 on Saturday, the Sky return home to Allstate Arena for their first home game in over two weeks. The Sky will welcome the New York Liberty, who they overcame 85-67 during a preseason exhibition on May 15, for an 11:30 a.m. game.

The Sky’s win against the Fever on June 22 brings the team to 5-3 this season and a bump up to third in the eastern conference standings. The Liberty, who are 4-2 after defeating the Atlanta Dream, Indiana Fever and Connecticut Sun are just ahead in second place. The Sky are averaging the highest points per game out of any team in the conference (80 ppg) after their eight games. The Liberty, after six games, are back at fourth with 72.0 per game.

Defensively the Liberty have shown their eagerness, averaging over 10 steals per game. The Sky, who rank highest in rebounds per game (41.50), are averaging only 5.13 steals per game steals. To combat the assertive Liberty squad, the Sky will be looking to eliminate turnovers. Turnovers have been a weakness for the Sky over the course of the season. They are averaging 15.86 per game.

On Saturday, guard Epiphanny Prince found her shooting groove as she totaled 21 points against the Fever. She shot 3-5 from the 3-point line with an overall 57% field goal percentage. Elena Delle Donne had her lowest scoring game this season with 13 points, however she, alongside Sylvia Fowles who scored 11, were heavy on the boards. The pair brought down seven rebounds and blocked three shots each.

The Liberty is led by Chicago native Cappie Pondexter. After six games in 2013, Pondexter is averaging 16 points, 1.2 steals and 3.5 assists per game. She offered a season high of 23 points against the Connecticut Suns on May 25. The Sky will also keep their eye on Kara Braxton who brings 10.8 points and 8.0 rebounds to the table for the Liberty. Prince and Delle Donne will both work to stop the pair from making outside shots and creating activity in the paint.

Historically the Sky has been challenged by matinee match ups. Since the Sky’s start in 2006, the team has won just three of 16 afternoon games both home and away. This year, the Sky fell to Tulsa during their early afternoon exhibition in Oklahoma. The Sky will be looking to add another win to the matinee game column as they face the Liberty on Wednesday. The Sky have three other matinee games in 2013.

Fans can watch the Sky versus Liberty game on WNBA’s LiveAccess. The Sky will be back at home on Saturday, June 29 to face the Los Angeles Spark at 7 p.m.

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