Rosemont, Ill.– The Sky had a chance to tie it late, but a Tanisha Wright jump shot followed by an Elena Delle Donne miss secured the victory for the visiting Liberty, 88-85 Friday.
Tina Charles led the way for New York with 29 points. Allie Quigley was the high-scorer for Chicago, with a career-high 29 points, including six three-pointers.
The Liberty was able to benefit from a series of runs beginning in the second quarter. They took a two-point lead at the start of the frame and stretch it into as many as 13 before a Jamierra Faulkner jump shot at the four-minute mark ended the run.
Despite their poor shooting efforts during the second and third quarters, the Sky were able to make it competitive during the fourth. Three minutes remained when a Quigley bucket tied the game for the first time since the first period.
“It just happens”, Quigley said. “Every game is different, and I just try to be aggressive when I’m out there. When you start hitting [shots] right away, it gives you confidence, so I used that tonight.”
The focus for Charles is on improving the team’s record.
“I’m just trying to will my team to a win,” she said. “Just knowing that basically the percentage of the team’s success relies on my shoulders, and I welcome that weight. Every night I’m playing for my teammates’ respect, so that’s just my mindset going into games, just to be consistent.”
Also scoring in double figures for the Liberty was Sugar Rodgers, with 21 points.
Bad Boy Makes History
With the victory, Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer was able to etch his name into the WNBA history books bu notching his 200th career win. The two-time NBA Champion became the seventh coach in league history to reach that mark.