Epiphanny Prince scores 33, carries Sky to overtime win
ASSOCIATED PRESS June 2, 2012 10:44PM
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:12AM
ATLANTA — The Sky erased a 22-point deficit, rallied past the Atlanta Dream 94-92 in overtime Saturday and pushed its record to 4-1, the best start in franchise history.
Epiphanny Prince (career-high 33 points, nine rebounds and five assists) sank a three-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime and scored all of the Sky’s eight points in the extra period.
The Sky led 69-59 on Prince’s three at the 7:36 mark of the fourth, but Angel McCoughtry (33 points, 17-for-17 from the free-throw line), who played a game-high 43 minutes with a wrap on her left knee, hit a pair of free throws to put the Dream up 83-78 with 31.4 seconds left in regulation.
The hosts were ahead 86-83 after Ketia Swanier’s two free throws at the six-second mark, but the Dream (2-3) allowed Prince to weave through its defense and hit a three from the right wing to send the game to overtime.
Center Sylvia Fowles posted her fifth consecutive double-double with 20 points and 19 rebounds. Fowles’ three-point play with 3:38 left in the third gave the Sky its first lead since early in the first.
Swin Cash played strong all-game on both ends of the floor for the Sky, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds, and Sonja Petrovic — in her first WNBA appearance — tallied in 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting.
The 22-point deficit set the stage for the largest comeback in the Sky’s history, surpassing the 13-point margins the team overcame against Atlanta on July 9 last season and against Washington on June 25, 2010.
The Dream led by 22 at 1:58 of the first quarter after McCoughtry’s steal and ensuing layup, but the Sky went on a 28-8 run to pull within 37-35 on Prince’s 17-footer.
The Sky’s next game is at home against Tulsa on Friday.