Rosemont Ill.– The Chicago Sky won their third consecutive game Friday, defeating the New York Liberty, 92-68.
Tamera Young led the way for Chicago, scoring 22 points to go along with her nine rebounds. Allie Quigley provided the spark off the bench, scoring with 18 points in the offensive outbreak.
The Sky took a one-point lead into the second quarter, which is where they began to break away from New York. Following three quick points from the Liberty, the Sky scored the next nine to make it 34-27. Chicago would then close out the quarter up 13 en route to the 24-point victory.
Utilizing their tenth different lineup of the season, Sky coach Pokey Chatman noted it will only get tougher playing without Elena Delle Donne, who is out indefinitely after thumb surgery this week.
“The unfortunate thing is we’ve had to play without Elena because of her Lyme or her injuries, so the collective pause that the outside world has, we don’t have that”, Chatman said.
“Don’t misunderstand that, we know she’s one of the best players to put a uniform on, but because of certain situations, we don’t have that panic. We know it becomes more difficult, but it’s an opportunity for two or three other people to step up, and I think that’s what you’re seeing.”
One of those players has been Young, who has stepped up in Delle Donne’s absence.
“I just take the opportunities that I get, and I’ve been getting opportunities to score the ball more and I’ve been making the most of it”, said Young, who also noted the Sky is prepared to play without Delle Donne, thanks to the Olympic break.
“I think it started over the break,” she said. “We were low on numbers and we did a lot of drills – three-on-three, two-on-two, and just pushing the pace now and it just carried over to now.”
Playing without five players, including MVP candidate Tina Charles, the Liberty were led by Carolyn Swords and Swin Cash, who both scored 15 points. The retiring Cash, who played for the Sky in 2012 and 2013 was honored before the game, celebrating her fourteen year WNBA career.
The Sky will close out the 2016 regular season on Sunday when they visit the Seattle Storm.