Sky Wins Fourth In a Row
The Chicago Sky did just that Saturday night as they started the fourth quarter on a 25-4 run to pull away from the Tulsa Shock in a 95-70 win to capture their fourth victory in a row.
It was a milestone night for numerous Sky players. Dominique Canty recorded her 8,000th minute played, becoming just the 28th player ever to reach that mark. Shameka Christon exploded with 17 points, 15 coming in the first half, while also hitting her 300th 3-point field goal. She is only the 21st player in WNBA history to reach that milestone. Sylvia Fowles led the Sky once again with career-high 32 points.
“The coaches have really looked to me to lead on the floor, so I’ve made some adjustments to rebound some more,” Fowles said. “Once I did that, everything else just got put into perspective.”
The starters weren’t the only ones who had solid nights in front of the energetic crowd of 4,549. On top of every Sky (4-4) player scoring, the Sky shot above 50 percent from the field and behind the 3-point line as a team.
The fourth win in a row is the longest win streak in team history. According to Coach Key, it was only a matter of time before they started clicking.
“We knew this would come,” Key said. “We had a lot of new faces, and still learning each other’s games, we just had to get on the same page.”
The sharp shooting of Shannon Crossley kept the Shock (3-4) in the game up until the fourth quarter. She finished 5-for-6 from behind the arc and finished with 20 points. Scholanda Richardson and Plenette Pierson showed up off the bench with 15 and 14 points respectively. However, after playing back-to-back games on the road in consecutive nights, their visible lack of energy dictated the outcome of the game.
“We didn’t have it,” Head Coach Nolan Richardson said. “We’re just out there going through the motions. We’re dead. This is our first back-to-back and I haven’t seen anything like it.”
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