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Sky to take season revival to New York

Field Level Media
22 Jun 2021, 08:05 GMT+10

As the streaky tendencies of the Chicago Sky continue, the New York Liberty have a chance to start a run of their own.

The visiting Sky can match a club record with their sixth straight victory and keep the Liberty from winning back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month on Tuesday night at Brooklyn, N.Y.

After averaging 75.4 points during a seven-game losing streak from May 23-June 5, the Sky (7-7) are scoring 90.4 per contest to win the past five. They last won six consecutive Aug. 15-31, 2013.

It also helps that star Candace Parker (11.5 points per game, 8.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists) is healthy. Chicago is 6-0 when Parker is on the floor. Fellow star Courtney Vandersloot (12.1 points, 8.5 assists) had 18 points with 11 assists during Saturday's 91-81 home victory over Connecticut.

"We're excited to be winning some games," Vandersloot said. "There's still a lot of season left, and a lot more room for improvement."

Chicago was 2-0 when it fell 93-85 to New York on May 23 at home, without Parker or key contributor Allie Quigley. Diamond DeShields had 22 points, Ruthy Hebard recorded 15 with 10 rebounds and Vandersloot added 14 with 16 assists. But the Liberty (7-6) overcame 22 turnovers by equaling a franchise record with 14 made 3-pointers.

Rookie Sabrina Ionescu (12.1 points, 6.3 assists, 6.1 rebounds) hit five of those 3s and finished with 19 points, plus 12 assists. Betnijah Laney (19.9 points) scored 20 for New York.

The Liberty won for just the second time in seven games Sunday, a 76-73 victory at Los Angeles coupled as a celebration of the WNBA's 25th anniversary. Rebecca Allen posted a season-high 19 points and Laney scored 14 to surpass the 1,000-point mark for New York, which last won two in a row May 23-24.

"This was a character-building game for us," Liberty guard Sami Whitcomb said.

"This shows how tough we are, shows (what happens) when we put our minds (to it)."

The teams will meet again Thursday night in Brooklyn.

--Field Level Media

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