Sylvia Fowles’ layup with 0.2 seconds left lifts Sky to 65-63 win over Mystics
BY TINA AKOURIS firstname.lastname@example.org June 1, 2012 10:56PM
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:06AM
Was this really the same Sky team that dominated the San Antonio Silver Stars just two nights earlier, winning by 14 points?
It didn’t seem like it.
The Sky shot 36.9 percent, were outrebounded 36-31 and committed 14 turnovers.
Yet, the team overcame those numbers and beat the Washington Mystics 65-63 on Sylvia Fowles’
layup with 0.2 seconds to play Friday at Allstate Arena.
Swin Cash threw a long inbounds pass from in front of the Sky bench to Fowles, who caught the ball, spun around Mystics forward Monique Currie (15 points) and lobbed in the winning shot.
“I gave Swin a big target and it worked exactly the way we wanted it to work,” said Fowles, who finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds. “When I looked up, I didn’t see the red lights on the back of the rim and I knew it was money.”
After Fowles made the shot, officials took several minutes to review the play before deciding to put the 0.2 seconds back on the clock.
Epiphanny Prince’s 31 points were a career high, surpassing the 25 she scored against the Connecticut Sun on June 23, 2011, but she was not happy at halftime and called herself out for her bad attitude.
“I was more disappointed in myself,” Prince said. “I was mad because I had to be the point guard and I was just being a baby and I knew I could do better.”
Washington (1-3) went ahead by five at the end of the third quarter when Noelle Quinn hit a three at the buzzer. The Mystics’ lead grew to eight with 1:51 left in the fourth.
Prince’s three-pointer with 33.6 seconds to play brought the Sky to within two, and then Ruth Riley’s two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining tied the score at 63.
The Sky (3-1) head to Atlanta to face the Dream Saturday (6, CN100).