Sky at Liberty Preview 6/24

Brian Arnold

June 23, 2016

The Chicago Sky will hit the road to take on the New York Liberty on Friday, June 24. The Sky looks to carry the momentum from its 81-75 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Tuesday night.

Friday marks the first of three regular season matchups between the Sky and Liberty this season, excluding the preseason exhibition on May 1 in which the Sky dominated a short-handed Liberty 93-59. Though this may be the first time the teams square off this season, there are familiar faces to be seen on both sides. The Chicago Sky’s Jessica Breland and Cappie Pondexter are former Liberty players and the Liberty’s Epiphanny Prince, Swin Cash and Carolyn Swords all played for the Sky during their WNBA careers before landing in New York.

The Sky and the Liberty played four hard-fought contests during the 2015 season. The Sky finished the season series with a 1-3 record and was led by Elena Delle Donne who averaged just over 20 points and 8.7 rebounds per game followed by Pondexter who averaged 18 points per game against her former team.
Chicago came out victorious at home on Tuesday, June 21 against a young San Antonio Stars team that has yet to find its rhythm. Delle Donne struggled early, starting the game 0-for-5 in the first quarter but rallied to lead all scorers with 23 points (7-for-17 shooting) as the Sky defeated the Liberty 81-75. Pondexter added 15 points and five rebounds and was honored pregame for being named to the WNBA Top 20@20 presented by Verizon. Imani Boyette continued her solid play in the paint with 11 points and six rebounds.

The Liberty currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 9-4 record. The team is fresh off a 90-79 win over the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday, June 22. Tina Charles led the Liberty with a double-double 23 points, 10 assists as the team won its fifth straight to edge out the Dream for first place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Tip-off between Chicago and New York is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT at Madison Square Garden and fans can tune in to WNBA League Pass to catch all the action. The Sky will return home to take on the Indiana Fever on Wednesday, June 29. Tickets start as low as $18. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to purchase tickets today.