Friday’s result: Sky 82, Liberty 64
August 23, 2013 9:50PM
Updated: August 23, 2013 9:55PM
Sylvia Fowles scored 14 points to lead Chicago to an 82-64 win over the New York Liberty on Friday night in Rosemont, clinching the Sky’s first playoff berth in the team’s eight-year history.
The Sky (19-8) have won four straight and six of seven, locking up their first winning record with a victory Tuesday at Washington. Chicago leads the Eastern Conference by 3Ω games over Atlanta, which lost 74-64 to Washington.
Chicago led 38-33 at halftime and outscored New York 29-12 in the third quarter to take control of the game before resting its starters the entire fourth quarter. The Sky play Saturday at Atlanta.
Elena Delle Donne and Swin Cash scored 11 apiece and Courtney Vandersloot added 10 for the Sky, who swept the five-game season series from the Liberty. Fowles, the league’s leading rebounder, had seven boards in 21 minutes.
Plenette Pierson led New York (10-16) with a season-high 25. The Liberty have lost three straight to fall two games behind Washington for the final playoff spot in the East.
Cappie Pondexter, New York’s leading scorer, was back in the lineup after missing the Liberty’s 88-57 loss Sunday to Minnesota with a bruised left heel. She didn’t score until hitting a free throw with 39.3 seconds left in the first half and finished with a season-low three points on 1-for-8 shooting.