Sky-Shock Preview

The Associated Press

After losing two of three without her, the struggling Chicago Sky could get Epiphanny Prince back in the lineup Thursday.

The Sky's high-scoring guard might return as her team looks to avoid a third straight road loss Thursday against the struggling Tulsa Shock.

While Prince fulfilled her overseas obligations to the Russian national team, Chicago (4-2) split two games against San Antonio before falling 88-74 at Atlanta on Sunday. The Sky committed 17 turnovers to give them 36 over the past two games.

"You have to handle the ball better than that, especially against a team like Atlanta,'' coach Pokey Chatman said.

Though Russia has failed to advance in EuroBasket tournament play, it's uncertain whether Prince will be able to return in time for the Thursday tip in Tulsa.

Prince scored a game-high 19 in a 92-71 home win over the Shock (1-7) on June 2 in her most recent WNBA game. She's averaging a career-high 20.7 points and 56.8 percent shooting while making 10 of 19 from 3-point range.

Chicago has scored 93.3 per game in its three contests with Prince as opposed to 71.7 in its last three.

A bright spot during Prince's absence has been rookie Elena Delle Donne, who has stepped up her game. Delle Donne had a then-career high 23 points in a 72-70 home win over San Antonio on June 9 before scoring 25 on Sunday.

She is second in the WNBA with 20.3 points per game.

Center Sylvia Fowles, tops in the league in rebounding at 14.0 per game, had 13 to help the Sky to a 40-25 advantage on the boards in the June meeting with Tulsa.

Led by point guard Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago limited Shock rookie Skylar Diggins to eight points and 3-of-10 shooting in that contest.

Diggins, though, is coming off her best performance of the season, scoring 22 points with eight assists in a 108-103 overtime loss to Phoenix on Sunday. Teammate Glory Johnson had 32 points and 15 rebounds while reserve guard Riquna Williams scored 28.

Williams has gone 8 for 11 from 3-point range in her last two games.

"I've been in the gym a lot lately," she said. "The coaches told me they wanted me to shoot 3s and that's what I've done.''

Each of the Shock's three straight losses have come by single digits, with two of the past three going to overtime.

While Tulsa is giving up 86.0 points per game, it's forcing 16.1 turnovers a contest.