ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Epiphanny Prince scored 17 points, Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Chicago Sky beat the Seattle Storm 74-58 Wednesday night for their franchise-record sixth straight win.
Tamera Young scored 12 points and Ruth Riley added 10 for Chicago (7-1), which never trailed and extended the best start in team history.
”Our main focus was going out and getting to a good start because our (previous) home games have been kind of rough,” Fowles said. ”We try not to make it so hard in the beginning but overall everyone did their part on the floor.”
Fowles shot 8 for 10 from the field got her eighth straight double-double, matching her own single-season league record set last year. Prince, the league’s leading scorer at 25.3 points per game coming in, shot just 6 for 16 - including 4 for 8 on 3-pointers.
”I was just reading what the defense was giving me and playing off of that,” Prince said. ”We had certain plays for me and I got open looks and I was able to hit them.”
Tina Thompson scored 13 points and Ann Wauters had 12 as Seattle (1-7) dropped its sixth straight on the road and fourth in a row overall.
”I thought defensively we did a pretty good job on Prince and Fowles in regards to guarding them on their offense,” Storm coach Brian Agler said. ”But we didn’t do a very good job of keeping Fowles off the boards and giving them too many second chances.”
The Sky led by nine at halftime and stretched it to 11 early in the third quarter before the Storm pulled within four heading to the fourth. However, Chicago outscored Seattle 16-3 over the first 7:12 of the final period to take a 70-53 lead with 2:48 to go. The Sky finished with a 20-8 scoring edge in the fourth.
”We had a solid defensive effort in the fourth quarter,” Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. ”We were plus-23 on the boards. We could have taken care of the ball a little better but I could live with the 15 (turnovers) because only three came from (Prince) and (Courtney Vandersloot) and they played 60 minutes, so that was a good thing.”
The Sky outrebounded the Storm 44-21 and shot 44 percent (32 for 72) from the field. Seattle was just 38 percent (20 for 53).
Thompson picked up Seattle’s first offensive rebound midway through the third quarter as the Storm trimmed a double-digit deficit to 54-50 on Ewelina Kobryn’s layup in the final minute of the period.
Fowles had eight points and three rebounds and Prince scored six points as the Sky took a 20-13 lead after one quarter.
Chicago opened its biggest lead of the half at 40-29 just before the break on Sonja Petrovic’s jumper with a minute to go. Prince had six more points in the period.
Wauters had 10 first-half points for the Storm, who were outrebounded 23-11 over the first 20 minutes.