Jia vs. Deanna

Sky teammates Jia Perkins and Deanna Jackson squared off against one another last week in Israel, as Perkins Raanana Hertzelia defeated Jacksons Anda Ramat Hasharon 73-67.

Perkins, referred to as Ms. Clutch, scored 8 or her 12 points in the final 2:30 of the game to help erase a three point deficit and turn the tide producing a 6 point win.

It was a team effort. We won it with our defense, said Perkins. The offense isnt always on-point but at the end, the defense did it for us. I started off a little slow, but towards the end I got some confidence and made some plays.

Jackson led her team in scoring with 26 points and 13 rebounds, an outing that would have set a personal high in rebounds in her WNBA career.

After Jackson found herself all alone under the rim to giver her team a 59-49 lead, the Perkins show began.

Jia tied the game by knocking down a 3-pointer, then added a gigantic 3 point play and finally topped that off with a steal and a lay-up giving her team a 3 point lead with 30 seconds left in the game.

Raanana Hertzeila head coach Tal Natan said about Perkins, Jia came out of nowhere, showed her abilities, and Im proud she is my point guard this season!

Jackson is having a terrific season overseas, averaging 22.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. Perkins is averaging 15 points for Raanana Hertzelia.