Prince scores 24 to lead Sky
July 9, 2011 11:14PM
Dream guard Lindsey Harding drives into Sky rookie Courtney Vandersloot, who had 16 points. | Gary Dineen~Getty Images
Updated: July 10, 2011 2:21AM
Epiphanny Prince scored 24 points, Courtney Vandersloot had 16 and the Sky rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat the Atlanta Dream 81-69 on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.
Michelle Snow added 13 points and Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Sky (6-6), which trailed by 13 in the first half.
Angel McCoughtry scored 17 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, to lead the Dream (3-8). Erika de Souza scored 14 points, Iziane Castro Marques had 12 and Armintie Price added 10 for Atlanta.
The Sky took its first lead, 54-53, on Erin Thorn’s pull-up jumper with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter. The Sky held the lead until McCoughtry made two free throws to put the Dream ahead 63-62 with 5:06 to go.
But Tamera Young’s jumper 17 seconds later regained the lead for the Sky and started a 9-0 run. The Sky didn’t trail again.
The Sky made 10 consecutive free throws — including eight from Prince — in the last 1:25 to seal the win.
Price’s layup gave Atlanta a 30-17 lead with 6:42 to go in the second quarter. The Dream, which had 18 fast-break points in the first half, led 39-31 at the break.
After a poor start, the Sky made 28 of 62 field goals (45.2 percent) and 22 of 29 free throws.
Dream forward Sancho Lyttle made the trip to Chicago but sat out with a sore back. She missed six games while playing with the Spanish national team in the 2011 Eurobasket tournament.