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CHICAGO -- It has been just nine games, but Elena Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles are turning into a formidable WNBA offensive tandem.

Delle Donne scored a season-high 26 points -- her ninth straight double-digit performance -- as the Sky rallied from an early deficit on the way to an 87-74 WNBA victory over New York on Wednesday.

Fowles collected 19 points and 14 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season as the Sky (6-3) won their second straight in front of a Camp Day crowd announced at 8,911 at Allstate Arena.

"We're always looking for each other," said Delle Donne, a rookie from Delaware. "I'm always looking for her if I have it at the top of the key because if it gets in her hand it's usually a score."

Chicago native Cappie Pondexter scored 21 points and Leilani Mitchell added 12 for New York (4-4).

Epiphanny Prince and Shay Murphy contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Chicago.

The Sky missed their first eight shots from the field and fell behind 30-15 after one quarter.

"In the second quarter, we just decided to pick up our defense and attack and that always makes our offense go," Delle Donne said. "We came out really slow defensively in the first quarter ... our defense just always propels us and we have to start that way."

Delle Donne scored 16 points in the second quarter -- including eight in a 16-2 run during a 4:51 span as the Sky trimmed a double-digit deficit to 34-31.

Chicago led 44-42 at halftime and 62-61 after three quarters.

The Sky took control in the fourth quarter with eight straight points, turning a shaky lead into a 75-64 advantage on Prince's free throw after a technical foul with 4:46 remaining.

The Liberty got back to within five points with 2:42 to play, but Delle Donne pushed the margin back to nine at 83-74 with 1:34 left in regulation on a driving layup after a feed from Fowles. Delle Donne also drew a foul and made the free throw.

The teams meet again July 7 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
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