In her first three games this month, the Chicago Sky's Epiphanny Prince has produced one of the best strings of scoring performances in WNBA history. She's also been one of the buzzer-beating heroes during a franchise-best start.
Prince will try to set a league mark by scoring 30 or more points in a fourth consecutive game and lead the Sky to a team-record fifth straight victory Sunday against the resurgent New York Liberty.
Prince's run started with 31 points against Washington on June 1, and she had 13 of those during the final 1:44 of a 65-63 victory.
Sylvia Fowles hit a last-second layup to secure that win, but it was Prince who banked in a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and scored a career-high 33 points during a 94-92 overtime win over Atlanta the next day.
Prince, averaging a league-best 25.2 points, did it again against Tulsa on Friday when the Sky (5-1) used her buzzer-beating shot to force the extra period and her 32 points to down the Shock 98-91. That fourth straight win matched the franchise's longest streak from May 27-June 5, 2010.
"Sometimes she struggles with not wanting to take over," coach Pokey Chatman told the team's website. "I have to tell her, 'Please, just take over.' Only Epiphanny can stop Epiphanny."
Cynthia Cooper is the only other player in WNBA history with three consecutive 30-point games, doing so for the Houston Comets in 1997.
The Liberty (3-5) will try to end the Sky's run and slow down Prince while matching their longest win streak since a four-game run July 1-13.
Cappie Pondexter scored 25 points as her team held on for the latest of its victories, 76-70 in Washington on Friday.
Pondexter has averaged 25.3 points during New York's three straight wins after failing to top 20 in each of New York's franchise-worst five consecutive losses to open the season. Leilani Mitchell has also made 11 of 18 shots (61.1 percent) from 3-point range.
"Leilani, she's my backbone," Pondexter said. "I can trust her to knock those shots down when I'm penetrating. She kind of keeps the lane open for me. When she's knocking shots down I can get in there easy."
New York has won six consecutive home matchups over Chicago and rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter during the most recent one, a 71-67 win Aug. 30.
The Liberty held Chicago to league-record one point in the fourth quarter during another home win Aug. 4 and edged the Sky 3-2 in last season's series after sweeping all four games in 2010.
The Sky's most recent road win over the Liberty was on Aug. 14, 2009.