Sky-Mystics Preview


Even without Elena Delle Donne, the Chicago Sky pulled off the largest comeback in team history thanks in part to an impressive performance from Sylvia Fowles. Fowles looks to put up big numbers again Tuesday night on the road against the Washington Mystics, a team she has been dominant against this season. The Sky (17-8) roared back from a 25-point deficit for an 89-78 home win over Connecticut on Sunday even though Delle Donne missed her second straight game with a sprained left foot. Fowles finished with 20 points and 21 rebounds. Chicago trailed 15-0 to start the game but outscored Connecticut 62-35 in the second half as Epiphanny Prince tallied 19 of her 21 points. The Eastern-Conference leading Sky, having clinched their first non-losing season, are closing in on their first playoff berth with nine games remaining. "It's one of those things where you can't be minus-25," coach Pokey Chatman said. "We were fortunate, but at least I can take some true basketball clips that were from some blue-collar areas of the game - defense, deflections, rebounding, getting out in transition - that got us to the win." Chatman said Delle Donne - fourth in the league with 18.2 points per game - could play Tuesday. She was largely ineffective while playing in two of the team's three meetings with Washington, scoring 18 and shooting 5 of 19 in an 89-85 home win July 10 and going 2 for 15 and scoring 12 in an 82-72 road loss July 24. The Sky beat the Mystics 85-78 at home Aug. 2 without the All-Star rookie. Fowles has been a much bigger factor against Washington in 2013, averaging 26.3 points, 14.0 rebounds and 67.4 percent from the field. She's averaging 16.7 points and a career-best 11.7 boards overall. The Mystics (12-14), leading Indiana by a half-game for third place in the East, had won three in a row before a 76-58 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. Washington posted its second-lowest point total of the year. The Mystics were outscored 55-30 after the first quarter. "I don't even know what happened. I can't really explain it," said guard Ivory Latta, who finished with a team-high 12 points. "We just have to go home and correct the things that we didn't do and focus on what we did well in the first half." Latta averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 assists in the first two games against Chicago but had seven points and shot 3 for 10 in the most recent meeting.