Sky at Mercury Preview 6/12

Sean Gantwerker

June 10, 2016

The Chicago Sky head west for a rematch of the 2014 WNBA Finals against the Mercury at 5:00 p.m. CT at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Texas Towers square off as Imani Boyette (6’7) and Brittney Griner (6’9) go to battle in the post. Griner, the reigning WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, has continued her dominant play into the 2016 season, averaging 13 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. Boyette, the 10th overall pick of the 2016 WNBA Draft, is making the most of a recent surge in playing time, averaging seven points, five rebounds and two blocks on 83% shooting in 18 minutes per game over her three last contests. The game will also be a homecoming of sorts as Sky veteran Cappie Pondexter returns to the team that drafted her with the 2nd overall pick of the 2006 WNBA draft. Cappie played four years alongside Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor while in the Valley of the Sun, helping the team to an 86-56 record and two titles (2007-2009) with Pondexter earning Finals MVP honors in 2009.

The Sky brings a 5-4 record, and a four game winning streak into the game, after a 73-64 win over the Indiana Fever on Friday, June 10. Imani Boyette had the best game of her young career, leading the team with 16 points, and 12 rebounds. Elena Delle Donne contributed 14 points and seven rebounds. Cappie Pondexter added 10 points, and became the seventh player in WNBA history to reach 6,000 career points. Chicago won the battle of the boards against Indiana by a margin of 48-37 and held retiring superstar Tamika Catchings to just six points.

The rich seemingly got richer when Taurasi and Taylor rejoined a team that went 20-14 and made the 2015 Western Conference Finals in their absence, but the team has struggled to mesh so far bringing a 3-6 record into the Sunday contest. The Mercury is coming off a 90-75 victory over the San Antonio Stars. Diana Taurasi led all-scorers with 31 points on 19 shots. Former Sky guard Candice Dupree had 13 points, seven rebounds, and three thefts, while Griner contributed seven points and eight rebounds. The Mercury won the points in the battle by a 42-22 margin, and outscored the Stars 23-13 in the third quarter to coast to victory. San Antonio scoring guard Kayla Mcbride was held to 12 points on 16 shots.

The Sky split their season series with the Mercury during the 2015 season. The Sky averaged 81 points over the two contests, holding the Mercury to 77 points per game.

Tip-off between the Sky and Mercury is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. CDT. The Sky make stops in Los Angeles and Atlanta before returning to Rosemont for a game against the San Antonio Stars on Tuesday, June 21 for a 7:00 CDT contest. Tickets start as low as $18. Call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit CHICAGOSKY.NET to purchase tickets today.