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The Associated Press

After having their winning streak snapped without her, the Chicago Sky hope to get Sylvia Fowles back as they take on one of the league's top rebounding teams.

Though Fowles is day-to-day with a sprained ankle, the Sky will try to regroup and win for the fourth time in five games Sunday when they visit a New York Liberty team that has lost four of five.

Chicago (7-4), second in the East behind WNBA-best Atlanta, had been on a roll before Fowles was injured in the first half of a 94-82 home win over Los Angeles on June 29.

While the Sky managed to finish off that victory - their season-best third in a row - they couldn't overcome the loss of the league's top rebounder (12.2 per game) and their third-best scorer (13.9) in a 69-60 loss to Seattle on Tuesday.

Chicago averaged 84.0 points during its winning streak before shooting just 29.9 percent, including 4 for 22 from 3-point range, on the way to a season-low point total against the Storm.

Rookie Elena Delle Donne and Epiphanny Prince attempted to pick up the scoring load but finished with 12 points apiece. Delle Donne and Prince lead the Sky with 18.8 and 17.9 points per game, respectively.

"At times it seemed there was a lid on the basket,'' said Delle Donne, who missed 10 of 13 shot attempts. "Other times they were running double teams, just trying to get the ball out of certain people's hand.''

Although Swin Cash had a season-high 14 rebounds and Delle Donne added a season-best 12, the Sky held a 41-36 rebound edge over a Seattle team that ranked last in the WNBA with 28.8 rebounds per game and had the third-worst differential (minus-3.7) entering the contest.

The Sky have the league's best rebounding differential at plus-9.3, largely due to Fowles.

If the center is unable to play, that's likely to be an area of concern since the Liberty rank near the top of the WNBA with 39.1 rebounds per game and a plus-4.0 differential.

Kara Braxton leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, while Kelsey Bone averages 5.5. Bone had a team-high nine to help New York outrebound Chicago 38-36 on June 26.

Fowles finished with 19 points and 14 boards and Delle Donne scored a career-high 26 to key that 87-74 Sky victory. Chicago native Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty with 21.

New York (5-6) looks to get back on track at home after closing out a four-game road trip by giving up 94 and 97 points in consecutive losses. The Liberty have allowed 71.4 points while winning four of five at the Prudential Center.

Pondexter, the leading vote getter for the All-Star game among East guards, bounced back nicely following a 5-for-14 shooting performance in a 94-87 loss at Phoenix on Tuesday.

She had a season-high 34 points on 13-of-25 shooting as New York rallied in the fourth quarter before falling 97-89 at Los Angeles on Thursday.

"I kind of made some adjustments, mentally more than anything,'' said Pondexter, averaging a team-best 19.1 points. "I'm ready to get going.''

Chicago won both trips to New York last season, with Brooklyn native Prince totaling 56 points in the two games.

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