Mercury rise and burn Sky in 3rd quarter comeback
August 18, 2009 by Max Rottenstein
It was another nail-biter at the UIC Pavilion as the Chicago Sky fall to the Phoenix Mercury 106-99 late in the fourth quarter. The Sky built a sizable lead early in the 2nd quarter, aided by Kristi Toliver coming off the bench to score 22 points while going 8-of-10 from the field and 5-for-6 from behind the three-point line.
With the league's most powerful offense, the Mercury hit the Sky defense hard and troubled skies brewed halfway through the 3rd quarter. With the Sky leading 61-49, Diana Tuarasi was able to jump start the Mercury offense by hitting two three-pointers in less than a minute.
"It was a winnable game but we didn't execute defensively", Coach Steven Key said after the game.
According to Jia Perkins, "they got some open looks and that killed us in the end." Indeed, in less than four minutes after the Tuarasi double-tap, the Mercury eroded the Sky lead down to a 67-67 tie.
Key went on to say, "When you've done enough to win the game and you don't execute it at the end, it's frustrating."
"We lost that game on our own, it's nothing they did," said starting forward Shyra Ely.
Sylvia Fowles dressed for the game but had a mobile cast on due to her sprained ankle from Saturday's game against the Lynx. Coach Key said she would most likely be back in the lineup for Saturday's game against Detroit.