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Liberty take advantage of short-handed Sky in lopsided loss

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Liberty take advantage of short-handed Sky in lopsided loss

NEW YORK -- Epiphanny Prince scored 22 points and the New York Liberty beat the short-handed Chicago Sky 84-63 on Tuesday night for their eighth victory in nine games.

Prince was 9 of 13 from the field against her former team. She had a season-high 30 points at Chicago on Aug. 7.

Chicago was without WNBA scoring leader Elena Delle Donne, who sat on the sideline in a walking boot after injuring her ankle Sunday against Phoenix. Delle Donne was injured in second quarter, but remained in the game and scored 23 of her 33 points in the second half.

Kiah Stokes had a career-high 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for New York (15-6), which beat Chicago for the third straight time after losing 10 straight. Tina Charles, New York's leading scorer, was held to a season-low four points on 2-of-10 shooting.

"That is the great thing about this team, we have a number of players who can score," Swin Cash said. "It is great for Tina because she can have an off-night and not feel the need to press because she can depend on her teammates to pick up the scoring load."

Cappie Pondexter, playing in New York for the first time since being traded for Prince in the offseason, led Chicago (14-10) with 23 points. Pondexter was a three-time All-Star in five seasons with the Liberty. Courtney Vandersloot had eight points, nine assists and five rebounds.

"You have to give credit to New York, but I do not think they have seen our best yet," Vandersloot said. "We get to play them one more time fortunately and we will be ready."

New York leads the Eastern Conference by 2 1/2 games over Chicago, Indiana and Washington.

Chicago started the second half on an 8-2 run to pull within 47-44 but New York extended its lead with a 10-0 run, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Essence Carson and Candice Wiggins. The Sky only made two field goals over the final 7 minutes of the third quarter and trailed 66-49.

"Playing at home, it is all about the energy and they capitalized on that from the beginning of the game," Pondexter said. "Epiphanny Prince set the tone for them. She made some crucial shots and everyone else kind of followed suit. I thought we punched back in the third quarter, made some adjustments and we didn't knock a few shots down and I think they capitalized on top of that."

Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft

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Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft

The first year of the post-Elena Delle Donne era for the Chicago Sky did not go well.

The Sky limped to a 12-22 record without the former WNBA MVP and scoring champ. As the Bulls are about to experience, the upside of a losing season is a high draft pick the next year.

The Sky had the third and fourth picks in the draft, which took place on Thursday, and snagged a pair of players from powerhouse programs in women's college basketball.

At No. 3 the Sky picked up Diamond DeShields from Tennessee. She led the Lady Vols in scoring in the 2016-17 season, but that was her junior year. She elected to sign overseas with Cukurova in Turkey instead of playing out her final year of eligibility. The New York Times profiled her just ahead of the WNBA draft.

Oh, and she's also the daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields and her brother, Delino DeShields Jr., is currently an outfielder for the Texas Rangers.

At No. 4, the Sky picked up UConn forward Gabby Williams. Williams started every game in each of the last two seasons for the Huskies, which went undefeated in the regular season and made the Final Four both of those seasons.

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

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Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

ROSEMONT — Jonquel Jones scored 19 of her career-high 23 points in the second half and finished with 21 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 97-79 on Sunday night.

Jones, who set her previous career best of 20 rebounds on May 13, became the 12th player in WNBA history with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals and Lynetta Kizer scored 16 with seven rebounds for Connecticut (1-4), which won its first game of the season.

Kizer’s jumper midway through the first quarter made it 14-13 and the Sun led the rest of the way. Jessica Breland hit two free throws to pull Chicago (1-5) within four with 4:37 left in the third, but Jones scored seven points during a 10-3 run over the next three-plus minutes and the Sky got no closer.

Tamera Young led Chicago with 17 points. She has at least one made 3-pointer in each of the last five games after going nearly five calendar years (June 23, 2011) since her last 3.