The Sky hit the road again, playing their next game against the Dream at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Chicago put up a good fight, but the Atlanta Dream was able to pull away with the win, with a final score of 82-71, despite not having Olympic gold medalist and all-star Angel McCoughtry playing.
The top scorer for Chicago was Sylvia Fowles as she lead the Sky with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 3 blocks. As well, Swim Cash contributed greatly, as she had strong performance adding 19 points, 2 assist and 4 rebounds. The top scorer for the Dream was Sancho Lyttle as she lead the Dream to victory with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
Atlanta started off great using a strong first half performance, leading by 17 at the half, however the Sky didn’t give easily as they brought the game to a four point ATL lead (61-53), entering the 4th quarter.
As mentioned above, Swim Cash played great as she scored 10 of her 12 points of the first half, early in the 1st quarter and with her 22 points, she became the team’s all-time scoring leader with a whopping total of 2,115 points in her career. Prince as well, as in the lineup despite her injury in yesterday’s game against the Liberty, but it was clear she was in no position to play as she was seen struggling, playing 17 minutes without scoring, only shooting the ball once.
Defense and ball movement was the key to Atlanta’s win as they held Chicago to shooting 40% (24-59) from the field, and held them at 21% shooting behind the arch. They have great ball movement as well, getting the whole team involved assisting a total of 21 times in this game.
Now, because of this loss, the Sky have now moved down to the 5th spot of the Eastern Conference only above the Washington Mystics, who won 5 games, and loss 7. The Sky are also on the verge of not making the playoffs, however, if New York loses their game tomorrow against Mercury, the Sky would be in the 4th spot again.
Chicago will keep hitting the road, as they will play against the Tulsa Shock in Oklahoma at the BOK (Bank of Oklahoma Center) on Friday. The Shock is currently 6th in the Western Conference. As for the Dream, Angel McCoughtry (who didn’t play because of personal issues) will return in the lineup, as they play against the Washington Mystics (6th in the East) on Friday too. After that game, the Dream will return to ATL and stay to play 5 straight home games.