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Sky top Liberty 105-100 in OT

Updated: June 18, 2014 10:51PM



Epiphanny Prince sat quietly in the locker room after the Sky’s 105-100 overtime victory against the New York Liberty on Wednesday at Allstate Arena. Seated in front of her corner stall, Prince made it clear how much the win meant to the Sky, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

“After you’re coming from a four-game losing streak, any win, no matter how we get it, we’re going to be happy with it and try to build from there,” said Prince, who led all scorers with 30 points. “[The Liberty] wouldn’t give up, and I’m proud of us because we didn’t give up, either.”

After a 5-1 start that had them on top of the Eastern Conference, the Sky’s season had started to unravel. Already without Sylvia Fowles, the Sky’s defense struggled as they found themselves without Elena Delle Donne after a flare-up of Lyme disease, while versatile forward Jessica Breland was hampered by an injured right leg.

Delle Donne missed her third consecutive game and will be re-evaluated Thursday ahead of the game Friday against the Indiana Fever. Breland, meanwhile, was back in the starting lineup and had 22 points, while Courtney Vandersloot had 17.

That was just enough for the Sky to survive 25 points from Tina Charles and 29 from Marshall grad Cappie Pondexter, who scored six consecutive points to tie the score at 86 but missed an off-balance jumper from the left wing with 0.9 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

In the OT, the Sky got eight points from Breland for a victory they badly needed, even if it was against the league-worst Liberty, who dropped their fourth in a row to fall to 3-9.

“They got aggressive with us, we got aggressive back,” Prince said. “We executed down the stretch, and we got stops when we needed them.”

That certainly pleased coach Pokey Chatman, who didn’t downplay what the win meant.

“It was huge,” Chatman said. “We’ve got these next two games at home, so hopefully it’ll give us some momentum going into Friday and Sunday [against the Tulsa Shock].”

NOTE: Before the game, Elena Delle Donne was presented the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award in recognition of her work in the community last year. Staley and WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations Renee Brown presented the award to Delle Donne.



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