While she missed out on a chance to make WNBA history in her last game, Epiphanny Prince scored enough to lead the Chicago Sky to the longest win streak in team history.
The Sky will try to add to that five-game run and their franchise-best start when they host the Seattle Storm on Wednesday night.
Prince was looking to become the first player to score 30 or more points in four consecutive games when the Sky (6-1) visited New York on Sunday. She scored 26, but lifted her team to a 73-64 win.
Prince, averaging a league-best 25.3 points, has scored 30.5 and shot 55.0 percent in the four contests while going 19 of 31 (61.3 percent) from 3-point range. She's powered the Sky, who have never made the playoffs, into a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference.
"She's one of the five best players in the league right now," coach Pokey Chatman said. "She's just a special player."
Chicago will try to remain atop the standings by beating the Storm, who are off to the worst start in team history. Seattle has made the playoffs in each of the past eight seasons but has been hurt by the absence of three-time MVP Lauren Jackson, who is preparing for the Olympics with the Australian national team.
The Storm also traded away one of the key players from their 2010 WNBA championship run, and she'll face her former team for the first time Wednesday.
The Sky acquired Swin Cash, Le'coe Willingham and a second-round draft pick in January for the No. 2 overall draft pick, which the Storm used on Shekinna Stricklen. Cash is averaging 9.6 points and 5.1 rebounds this season after producing 12.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in four years with Seattle.
Without those two players, the Storm are averaging a league-low 65.9 points and shooting 38.3 percent. They shot 36.4 percent during an 80-67 loss to San Antonio on Saturday, and Stricklen was the only Seattle player to score more than 10 points with 14 off the bench.
Leading scorer Sue Bird endured a 1-for-13 performance from the field and was 1 of 7 from 3-point range, finishing with five points. Bird has gone 7 for 34 over the last three games.
"I just think we are not playing very well. I think it starts with me," Bird said. "We know need to get better. We know we need to get wins."
Bird and her teammates will try to avoid a season-high fourth straight loss and earn their first road win in six tries by snapping a three-game skid in Chicago. Bird scored 26 points at Allstate Arena on July 19, but Sylvia Fowles had 24 and Prince added 23 in a 78-69 victory.