Despite valiant efforts by Chicago Sky players Epiphanny Prince (17 points) and Allie Quigley (18 points), the team faced their 4th straight loss tonight in Washington against the Mystics. Without the 22 plus points contributed by Elena Delle Donne and the double digit points contributed by newbie Jessica Breland (both out of the game with illness and injury) and the strong scoring and blocking of Sylvia Fowles (still recovering from hip surgery), the Sky couldn't keep up with the Mystics and lost 79-68.
Without Delle Donne and Fowles, 6'4" Belgium native Emma Meesseman took full advantage scoring 16 points and garnered 11 rebounds. Also scoring in double digits for the Mystics were rookie Bria Hartley and Tianna Hawkins while Kara Lawson scored 8 points and had 10 assists. While I am sad about the final score, it brought back warm memories for me seeing one of my favorite Tennessee alums (Lawson) playing like she did in college with all those assists...the kid's still got it!
Gotta give tonight's Chicago game balls out to Prince and Quigley for keeping us in the game and never giving up. Sasha Goodlett did her part by tying a career-high with nine points and eight rebounds. It was a close game until the 4th quarter when the Sky only managed to put 15 points on the board versus the Mystics' 25 - turn off the lights - Game over. Next up for the Sky after a few days off will be the New York Liberty on Wednesday - a home game that one hopes will be well attended and a game in which one hopes that at least one or more of our missing stars will be in uniform and not in street clothes. There are enough cheerleaders in the stands and we need our heavy hitters back in the game to turn this losing streak around. Get well soon Elena, heal up Jessica and Sylvia - your team needs you, your coaches need you and your fans MISS YOU! GO SKY!
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