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Sky 92, Liberty 83

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Epiphanny Prince scored 30 points and Tamera Young added 19 as visiting Chicago Sky beat New York 92-83 on Friday night for its second straight WNBA victory.

The Sky (11-16) never trailed and now has back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-June. It moved into sole possession fourth place and the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with seven regular season games to play.

Cappie Pondexter collected 24 points for the Liberty (11-17) in the showdown at Newark's Prudential Center. New York slipped one-half game behind Chicago for the final playoff berth.

Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points while Swin Cash added 10 for the winners. Plenette Pierson scored 15 points for the Liberty, Kara Braxton added 13 and Essence Carson added 12.

The Sky shot 32-of-63 from the field (50.8 percent) and cut back on its high recent turnover count with just 13.

In the third quarter, Chicago used a 14-6 run over the final 3:22 to open a 72-61 lead.

Chicago opened the game with a 10-2 run and led 46-41 at halftime behind 12 points from Prince and 10 from Young. Pondexter and Braxton each had 13 for the Liberty in the first 20 minutes.

The Sky, which dropped 13 of 14 games in a mid-season slump, has won three of its last five and evened the season series with the Liberty at two wins apiece.

Both teams resume play Sunday. Chicago is at Connecticut while New York hosts Los Angeles.
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