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Sky falls to Fever as Swin Cash struggles in home debut

SylviFowles who had 21 points 10 rebounds looks pass against Tammy Sutton-Brown IndianFever. | Gary Dineen~Getty Images

Sylvia Fowles, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds, looks to pass against Tammy Sutton-Brown of the Indiana Fever. | Gary Dineen~Getty Images

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Updated: July 3, 2012 11:13AM

Swin Cash made her Allstate Arena debut with the Sky on Friday night in the team’s home opener, but things didn’t go as planned for the player many hope will lead the Sky to the playoffs for the first time.

Cash scored only six points on 3-for-9 shooting, was shut out in the second half and had two assists and one steal in the Sky’s 83-72 loss against the Indiana Fever in Rosemont.

She spent part of the end of the first half on the bench in foul trouble and sat again late in the fourth quarter. Even though she had picked up four fouls, Cash said that wasn’t an excuse for her cold shooting.

“The loss is frustrating,” Cash said. “This was a tough one. I’ve played with fouls before, so it’s not that. It’s just finding a rhythm with each other. Chemistry is big and where you expect the ball on the floor. We’re still really young in a lot of areas.”

The Sky (1-1) only trailed by two with 7:05 left after Courtney Vandersloot made a 13-foot jumper. But the Fever (2-0) came out firing and ended up building its lead to 13 with three minutes left.

The Fever’s dominance late in the fourth quarter erased the Sky’s fairly solid performance in the first three in which the Fever’s largest lead was only six.

“We were still down by two at the half and survived that foul trouble,” Sky coach/general manager Pokey Chatman said.

“We came out of the locker room and had a little bit of a run, and we went away from that. We need to mature a little bit.”

And, just like last year, turnovers were an issue. The Sky committed 22 to the Fever’s 15.

“It’s too early to try to prove something, but we do so well in some areas and so [poorly] in others,” center Sylvia Fowles said. “It’s just little things that get you shaken up, but I’m positive. We have a long way to go. This has to be the turnaround for us.”

Fowles thinks most of the turnovers were unforced, and Chatman said coughing the ball up needs to stop.

“Turning it over 22 times, and they shoot 48 percent? You don’t give yourself an opportunity for success,” Chatman said. “They dictated where we were going to go offensively and even bullied us a little bit and pushed us off some cuts.”

On the bright side, the Sky outrebounded Indiana 37-25.

Fowles led the Sky with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Epiphanny Prince added 17 points and three steals.

Tamika Catchings led Indiana with a game-high 22 points, five assists and four steals. And Katie Douglas added 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting.

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