Members of the Sky got mad after starting the WNBA season 0-4. Now they have gotten even.
Saturday night’s 95-70 drubbing of the Tulsa Shock in front of 4,549 fans at Allstate Arena pulled the Sky up to the .500 mark at 4-4. The Sky have won four in a row for the first time in franchise history.
Sylvia Fowles, the 6-foot-6 third-year center from LSU, led the resurgent Sky with a career-high 32 points, 19 in the first half. She had a double-double at the intermission by virtue of her 11 rebounds. She wound up with a game-high 13 boards.
“We were still learning each other; we have new faces,” said Fowles of the team’s poor start. “We just had to get on the same page and see what was going to click. It was a little uneasy going in the first four games. But we knew deep down inside that eventually we would come together and play as a team.”
The Sky shot 55 percent from the floor and also got 17 points from Shameka Christon and 10 from Tamera Young off the bench. Rookie point guard Epiphanny Prince had five assists and four steals to go along with her four points.
Tulsa is coached by former Arkansas men’s coach Nolan Richardson and features former Olympic sprint champion Marion Jones, who served six months in prison for perjury regarding her steroid abuse as a track athlete. Jones, who starred on a North Carolina national championship basketball team, was scoreless in 8 minutes, 31 seconds of play.
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