Sky Zone Archives: July 2012
July 30, 2012
Swin Cash's Olympic basketball career has come full circle. She was part of the U.S. women's team that won a gold medal in Athens and the 32-year-old thought she'd be on the way to at least two more gold medals. Those dreams were derailed by back surgery in 2008 that forced her to miss the Beijing Games. Cash thought about quitting, but didn't want her Olympic dreams or her career to end on a sour note.
Another game, another blowout for the U.S. women's basketball team - not that the score matters to them.
July 29, 2012
It's been a rough road recently, both for guard Epiphanny Prince and the Chicago Sky, as Prince's broken foot forces her to sit on the sidelines while her team struggles. As she prepares to return, however, Prince gives RedEye an exclusive look at her journey back to health.
Swin Cash, U.S. A five-time WNBA All-Star, this 6 ft., 1 in. forward for the Chicago Sky played on the U.S. women's basketball team that won gold at the 2004 Athens Games, but sat out of Beijing four years later due to injury.
July 27, 2012
In the case of the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, winning isn’t the only thing. How these women play the game will have a large say in how this team of otherworldly talent is viewed historically.
The U.S. women’s team is so dominant, it is a greater favorite than even the men’s powerhouse. The great Candace Parker, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi highlight the star-studded roster.
A little over a week ago, on July 18, the U.S. women’s basketball team played Great Britain in a pre-Olympic warm-up game. Fortunately for women’s basketball fans, it was televised on ESPN2. Normally, that’s a cause for celebration since that type of national coverage for the sport is few and far between.
July 25, 2012
The U.S. squad is a who's who of the sport, including WNBA All-Stars Seimone Augustus, Tamika Catchings, Sylvia Fowles, Angel McCoughtry, Candace Parker, Lindsay Whalen and six of coach Geno Auriemma's former UConn players (Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Asjha Jones, Moore and Diana Taurasi).
Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles begin their second straight Olympic Games appearance when the heavily favored U.S. team meets Croatia on Saturday in the Olympic Park Basketball Arena. The game tips off at 10:45 p.m. CDT.
July 24, 2012
The Chicago Sky will honor St. Francis girls volleyball coach Peg Kopec for her outstanding commitment as a leader of young women at its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX during its August 17th game.
Swin Cash shoots during practice with the US women's basketball Olympic team Friday, May 11, 2012, in Seattle. The national team began the three-day camp Friday, which will include an exhibition game against the Chinese national team Saturday and a scrimmage against Japan Sunday.
July 23, 2012
Augustus, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles and Tamika Catchings have played for Galatasaray, while Angel McCoughtry suited up for rival Fenerbahce.
July 22, 2o12
A decade after her college career and eight years after her first Olympic performance, Cash, a 6-foot-2 forward from McKeesport, will compete at the 2012 London Games. Cash, who played for the Huskies from 1998-2002, is one of six former UConn players on the U.S. roster.
July 19, 2012
Diana Taurasi and her U.S. women’s basketball teammates are used to crazy travel schedules playing in the WNBA and overseas. So their pre-Olympic training trip that has the Americans traveling a quarter of the way around the world is nothing new to the players.
July 17, 2012
It's been a rough road recently, both for guard Epiphanny Prince and the Chicago Sky, as Prince's broken foot forces her to sit on the sidelines while her team struggles. As she gets ready to return, though, Prince lets RedEye in on the ins and outs of her journey back to health.
It was the first Chicago Sky Elite Camp as the team has held several one-day clinics in the past. The event drew 30 boys and girls between the ages 7 and 17 to Guerin’s Holy Cross Gym where they learned many new drills that came straight from Sky head coach Pokey Chapman’s own repertoire.
July 15, 2012
The Connecticut Sun wrapped up the first half of their 2012 season in fine fashion with an 80-78 overtime victory over the Chicago Sky before 5,988 fans at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. on Friday night.
Candace Parker, Sylvia Fowles and Tina Charles have dominated the WNBA in the first half of the season, all putting up MVP numbers. Each brings a unique skill set that makes them difficult to guard individually. Together they become a matchup nightmare.
July 14, 2012
Two days. That's all the time Sky coach Pokey Chatman is giving herself to be away from basketball over the next month.
Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports that coach Pokey Chatman had harsh words for the Chicago Sky after they lost their seventh game in the last eight.
It's been a rough patch for the Chicago Sky, who've lost three in a row and seven of their last eight games to fall to 8-and-8 overall.
In her 15th WNBA season, Ticha Penicheiro finds herself in a role she’s not accustomed to. Like Jason Kidd accepting a reserve role with the New York Knicks to mentor Jeremy Lin, Penicheiro has been asked to groom Chicago Sky youngsters Courtney Vandersloot and Epiphanny Prince.
The WNBA today honored Chicago Sky center Ruth Riley’s commitment to the community with its WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for June.
The Connecticut Sun conclude the first half of the WNBA season at the Chicago Sky tonight (Allstate Arena, 8:30 p.m.) in an Eastern Conference game.
The WNBA's month-long hiatus appears to be coming at an inopportune time for the surging Connecticut Sun. In contrast, the Olympic break surely can't come soon enough for the scuffling Chicago Sky.
July 11, 2012
Sophia Young and Danielle Robinson scored 16 points each to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 77-68 victory over the Chicago Sky on Wednesday for their eighth straight win.
In the category of Best Daytime Drama in the WNBA, the Sky did not emerge a winner Wednesday at Allstate Arena.
The WNBA’s monthlong Olympic break officially starts Saturday. For the Chicago Sky, the time away will be as much reprieve as it is vacation.
July 7, 2012
The Indiana Fever failed to get their long homestand off to a strong start. Their second meeting in less than two weeks with the Chicago Sky would seem to be a good way for them to get things going in the right direction.
The Sky rallied from a 13-point deficit and led late in regulation before January tied the game with a free throw to force a 76-76 tie and overtime at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Shay Murphy scored 20 points for the Sky (8-7), who have lost six of seven.
The Fever beat the Chicago Sky 88-86 in overtime to bounce back from a loss on Thursday. They wanted to beat us very badly, Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. At crunch time we really stepped up. Our bench came through. Defense down the stretch in the final minutes was key.
Sometimes one team just has the other team's number. While it took an overtime session to get the job done, the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky for the fourth time in as many games this season, 88-86 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Not many at Allstate Arena realized the significance when the Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot embraced the New York Liberty's Katelan Redmon an hour before the all-important WNBA clash between the two Eastern Conference opponents Friday night. But for Vandersloot and Redmon, along with scores of Gonzaga women's basketball faithful, it was history in the making as two players from GU appeared in a WNBA uniform for the first-time ever; ironically coming as the two battled each other.
July 6, 2012
When Chicago Sky rookie Sonja Petrovic sunk her teeth into a savory bite of sarma at a recent gathering in the city, she was immediately transported home.
Cappie Pondexter scored 19 points, and the visiting Liberty (6-9) beat the Chicago Sky, 64-59.
The Sky (8-6) trailed 61-59 following Sylvia Fowles’ bank shot with 1:23 left, but missed a chance to tie on a turnover with 48 seconds to play.
July 4, 2012
Cash, who plays for Chicago Sky in the women’s NBA, is expected to storm to gold as part of USA’s Dream Team.
July 1, 2012
The Sky snapped a four-game losing streak with a 71-69 come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.
Sylvia Fowles recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Chicago Sky rallied on the fourth quarter to edge the Atlanta Dream, 71-69, on Sunday.
Before guard Epiphanny Prince broke her foot June 16, the Chicago Sky were rolling. They've struggled since, no doubt missing her 22.3 points per game. In the meantime, Prince gives RedEye an exclusive look behind the scenes her rehab.
Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash and Asjha Jones were part of one of the greatest dynasties in women's college basketball. A decade later they're reunited with their coach on a squad that has a chance to be one of the best Olympic teams ever.