Slumping Sky fall in overtime to Shock 105-99
BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media June 22, 2014 3:48PM
Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne shoots a foul shot against the Phoenix Mercury in the second half during a WNBA basketball game on Monday, May 27, 2013, in Phoenix. The Sky defeated the Mercury 102-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Updated: June 22, 2014 7:03PM
The 2014 season has been anything but easy for the Sky. Their three best players haven’t played together yet, and their 5-1 start is a distant memory.
And more difficulty might be on the way.
After leading by 12 points in the second half Sunday, the Sky lost 105-99 in overtime to the Tulsa Shock at Allstate Arena. A three-point play by the Shock’s Glory Johnson with 19.7 seconds left in regulation tied the score, and the Sky’s Epiphanny Prince missed a potential game-winning shot with 0.9 seconds left.
The Shock took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Jordan Hooper with 59.7 seconds left in the extra period, and a floater in the lane by Skylar Diggins with 32.2 seconds to play gave them a five-point edge.
The Sky (6-7) lost for the sixth time in their last seven
games despite getting a career-high 26 points from Jessica Breland and 24 from Prince. That wasn’t enough to survive a career-best 33 points from Diggins on a day when the Sky’s defense let them down again.
‘‘Until we shut some people down, they’re going to continue to shove it down our throats,’’ coach Pokey Chatman said.
But as much as the loss hurt, what’s coming next might define the Sky’s season. They start a five-game road trip Wednesday against the Connecticut Sun and won’t be home again until July 9.
‘‘It’s going to tell a lot about us as individuals and as a team,’’ guard Allie Quigley said.
Elena Delle Donne missed her fifth consecutive game after a flare-up of Lyme disease, Sylvia Fowles hasn’t played yet after offseason hip surgery and Prince has played in only six games after reporting late for personal reasons. Delle Donne and Fowles might be back this week, and that should help a team that has Chatman concerned.
‘‘We’re always backpedaling [on defense]; we’re not making people uncomfortable,’’ she said. ‘‘They’re running offense, and we’re recovering.’’
NOTE: Sunday was the first nationally televised Pride game in WNBA history. League president Laurel Richie was in attendance.