Sky hopes to halt 3-game skid against visiting Phoenix
By Tina Akouris firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2012 6:04PM
Indiana Fever v Chicago Sky
The Chicago Sky are moving from one streak to another, first winning six in a row and now hitting a three-game losing skid.
So when the Phoenix Mercury (3-9) come to Allstate Arena Friday (7:30 p.m., CN100), the Sky hopes for a better outcome.
Its latest loss was an 81-72 defeat against the Indiana Fever, a team that has beaten the Sky (7-4) three times already.
And the Sky almost had a déjà vu against the Fever when forward Tamara Young rolled an ankle in fourth quarter. Young is filling in for guard Epiphanny Prince, who will miss six to eight weeks with a broken right foot and had her cast removed Wednesday. Prince sustained the injury against the Fever on June 16 in Indianapolis.
Young will play Friday and has started the last three games, averaging 8.7 points per game. But she knows anyone who fills in for Prince isn’t going to have an easy time.
“It’s a different feeling without having her out and she was a big asset to the team and everybody has been trying to step up their game and be more aggressive,” Young said. “I feel like I moved into the starting lineup, but I have to still be aggressive and be a threat on offense and on defense.”
While one of its leading scorers is out, Sky coach/general manager Pokey Chatman has relied on Young, who has been especially consistent at Allstate Arena.
“That’s T’s game,” Chatman said. “She brings you energy, she brings you hustle, and a little bit of an edge. And at home, she’s been good putting the ball in the basket. Initially, she was really disappointed for Epiphanny but understands that she has to step up her game.”
Ticha Penicheiro returned to action and played her first game of the season against Indiana after suffering a left calf injury prior to the season.