Not many calls were going in favor of the Chicago Sky (9-11) against the Los Angeles Sparks (7-10) on Saturday night. From foul calls to three-second violations, the whistles seldom blew their way. In addition to this, the Sky had to deal with a Sparks team that was shooting 58% in the first half, 5-for-9 from downtown. DeLisha Milton-Jones alone had 17 points at the break.
“They’re (Sparks) a good team, said Sky head coach Pokey Chatman. They have some good shooters. I’d be a good shooter too if I could catch it, set my feet, read it…. We have to play better defense.”
Beginning the second half down 51-35 and finding themselves down by 20 at one point in the 3rd quarter, there was a sense that it was now or never for the Sky. If they were to get back into this game, let alone have a chance to win it, a rally needed to begin immediately. The team did manage to make a run and cut the lead to just four with a little over five minutes left in the contest.
Contributing mightily to that run was Erin Thorn, who went off from deep; making all four of her three-point attempts during this stretch. She connected on 5-of-6 for the game, and led the Sky in scoring with 17.
However, in the end it was not enough. The comeback fell short as the Sparks defeated the Sky 88-84. “We lost this game in the first half”, said coach Chatman. Epiphanny Prince shared the sentiments of her coach, stating that “We didn’t attack the zone early, like we should have. When a team plays zone it’s usually to force you to stay outside. We needed to get some penetration.”
Milton-Jones ended with a game-high 19.