Sky still adjusting without top scorer Epiphanny Prince
BY TINA AKOURIS firstname.lastname@example.org June 26, 2012 8:28PM
Updated: July 28, 2012 6:34AM
The only injury Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince ever really had was a sprained thumb when she played at Rutgers.
That was until June 16 when Prince fractured her right foot and the Sky ended a six-game winning streak. Prince, who was leading the WNBA in scoring with a 24.3 average, will have to miss six to eight weeks.
“I told her to consider herself blessed, for one, and the second thing is it’s an Olympic year and you buy yourself about four weeks [with the WNBA’s Olympic break],” said Sky coach/general manager Pokey Chatman. “And the third thing is she’s helped us get off to a really good start, and there’s a good core group of veterans here.”
While Prince recovers, Chatman has tweaked her team’s offense and used forward Tamera Young in the starting lineup. Young started frequently last season and has chipped in an 8.7 scoring average.
Chatman will most likely use Young again when the Sky host the Fever Wednesday (11:30 a.m., CN100) at Allstate Arena. Chatman said she will use the same lineup she used against the Minnesota Lynx in a 79-67 loss on June 23: Sylvia Fowles, Ruth Riley, Swin Cash, Courtney Vandersloot and Young.
“It’s no big secret right now,” Chatman said. “There’s about four or five [plays] you don’t run because they were especially for [Prince]. You move people around and you don’t have to put in a whole bunch of new things.”
Prince is taking the injury well, despite being upset at finding out her foot was fractured. The good news now is that Prince gets the cast removed Wednesday and will wear a walking boot.
“I’m not in any pain and I started working out this week,” Prince said. “I’ve never had anything that has stopped me from playing.” Prince said she was going after the ball on defense and rolled her foot. It wasn’t the first time Prince has made a move like that on the court, so she shook it off and kept playing.
But it wasn’t long before Prince realized her foot was in too much pain and she had to leave the game just before halftime.
Prince found out the foot was fractured, had surgery scheduled for June 18 and announced the news on Twitter.
“I know I can still be back by the second half of the season,” Prince said. “The whole team is going to step up. It’s a different [offense now] because I had the ball in my hands a lot.”