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WNBA: Elena Della Donne and Sky Impressive In Win Over Liberty

WNBA: Elena Della Donne and Sky Impressive In Win Over Liberty

Check out highlights of Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne as she leads the Sky over the Liberty, 94-63. Delle Donne scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Elena Della Donne (l) defended by Alex Montgomery

2013-07-07 – Newark, NJ – Led by 20 points from rookie sensation Elena Delle Donne and 18 points from guard Epiphanny Prince the Chicago Sky handed the NY Liberty their largest defeat at the Prudential Center. The Sky team finished shooting 45 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the free throw line.

Delle Donne got off to a quick start, putting up nine points in the first quarter. The two teams kept it close early, but three-point baskets from Prince and forward Swin Cash ignited an 11-0 run for the Sky. With a few minutes to go in the quarter, Prince found Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot in the corner for a three-point bucket of her own to give the Sky their first double-digit lead of the game. A fade-away jumper in the paint from Delle Donne capped Chicago’s run and gave them a 40-28 lead going into the locker room.

The Sky blew open their lead in the third quarter, penetrating the Liberty defense with ease and outscoring New York 28-15. Strong defensive trips and steals by Cash, Vandersloot and guard Sharnee Zoll extended the Sky lead. Chicago forced the Liberty to commit 15 turnovers and shoot 17 percent from behind the arc.

Every Sky player who dressed for the game scored. Center Sylvia Fowles (10 points) and forward Swin Cash (12 points) also scored in double digits. Guard Courtney Vandersloot had nine points, shooting 3-for-5 from the field and knocking down a three-point basket.

Two of the league’s top five scorers, New York’s Cappie Pondexter (19.1 ppg) and Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne (18.8 ppg) shot just around their season averages. For a while, Pondexter kept the Liberty within striking distance, matching triples against the Sky that included one to end the half. The league’s third best in points per game finished with 18 points, four assists and shot 50 percent from three-point range. “I think we compete hard just not smart right now collectively as a unit.”  Pondexter said after the game.  “We’re not executing the game plan for 40 minutes.”

Excerpts provided by Chicago Sky & N Liberty

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