Sky plagued by turnover trouble
BY TINA AKOURIS firstname.lastname@example.org May 29, 2012 9:26PM
Updated: July 3, 2012 12:54PM
After careful review of the tape from the loss Friday against the Indiana Fever, Sky coach/general manager Pokey Chatman figured out what everyone pretty much knew.
“I think [the problem] obviously was our inability to take care of the basketball,” said Chatman, whose team committed 22 turnovers in the 83-72 loss. “You have to start there. But I was pleased that we got good looks at the basket.”
The Sky (1-1) will have a chance to cut that turnover number down when it travels to San Antonio to take on the Silver Stars (1-1) on Wednesday.
The game begins a stretch of three in four days for the Sky, which will host the Washington Mystics at Allstate Arena on Friday, then hit the road to play the Atlanta Dream on Saturday.
“It’s just part of our fabric, and we played back-to-back games in the preseason, too,” Chatman said.
But don’t look for the Sky to panic just yet about the high turnover ratio or the heavy schedule these next few days, even though center Sylvia Fowles was displeased with all the turnovers after the Fever loss.
“It’s too early to try to prove something,” Fowles said.
Forward Swin Cash said the Sky is a young team whose inexperience is more on the mental side than the physical. She thinks team chemistry needs to improve.
“Chemistry is big and understanding one another in how you play and where you expect the ball [to be] on the floor,” Cash said. “Learning how to be effective is important, so watching film and breaking it down will help. We have the skill set in here, but it comes down to the mental part of it.”
Chatman said the Silver Stars have altered their game plan to get out in transition more and execute better in the halfcourt.
Cash has had great success against the Silver Stars. While playing for the Detroit Shock and Seattle Storm, Cash scored in double figures in 19 of 24 games.
Ruth Riley returns to San Antonio as a member of the Sky after spending the last five seasons with the Silver Stars.