34 Big Minutes for Sky’s #34
Guest Columnist: Dr. Candice Brooks
Unique Starz Sports & Entertainment
Chicago, IL,-In a fierce battle featuring two of the WNBA’s Eastern Conference top contenders, the Chicago Sky would overcome a late run and prevail over the Washington Mystics 89-85 in front of a record crowd of 14,201 spectators at Allstate Arena.
“They’re really always energetic, “said Sky Guard Shay Murphy on the importance of the fans.
“They cheer for whoever scores, which is awesome sometimes. It keeps the arena really electric, energetic.” Murphy said.
“But just to have people come out this early and support us and keep us motivated, you know we’re playing for our hometown crowd. It was huge and I’m glad we pulled it out because the game can get close you know. So when Matee Ajavon got ejected you hear the crowd like ‘boooooo’ just keeping us into it. It’s awesome. I’m just glad to be a part of it and it’s really exciting and we pulled off the win.”
The fans of Allstate Arena would get their monies worth, as Sky’s star forward Sylvia Fowles would deliver an unforgettable performance on the floor, notching her sixth double-double of the season while finishing with a game high 26 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks.
"She was huge, she was a beast, and she was in beast mode. “ Said Sky coach Pokey Chatman.
“She was getting her ankle rehabbed the other day and she had this green toe nail polish on and I said does that mean you are going to be the hulk? And I joked about it because she has really done an impeccable job of getting herself back to play.” Chatman said.
“I mean she has been rehabbing 2-3 times a day in the swimming pool just hours on top of hours just to have an opportunity to be ready. She was an animal."
In the first quarter, the Sky and Mystics found themselves in a close battle through much of the quarter as the visitors answered almost every Sky bucket with one of their own. The home team took over for good with about a minute left in the quarter thanks to a pair of three point baskets from Allie Quigley who helped the Sky shoot an impeccable 60 percent from behind the arc.
The Sky extended their lead in the second quarter behind a fierce offensive attack and a ten point explosion from Elena Delle Donne. The Sky led 50-38 at the half.
In the second half, the Sky came out of the locker room with energy to expand their lead as Swin Cash, Elena Delle Donne, and Sylvia Fowles combined for 12 points in the third quarter. However, the dribble penetration of Ivory Latta and Matee Ajavon and jump shot shooting of forward Michelle Snow helped the Mystics shoot 53% from the field as they outscored the Sky 22-16 in the third, allowing them to cut the deficit to six heading into the fourth quarter.
In spite of the run by the Mystics, the battle continued in the fourth as the Mystics got within two with 1:47 left in the game. The game was decided in what was a nail-biting last two minutes of the game. The Sky brought the lead back up to four behind two Delle Donne free throws but a three by Ivory Latta cut the lead to one with a minute remaining. Monique Currie made 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game with 44 seconds remaining. Epiphanny Prince hit a jumper with 38 seconds left which turned out to be the game winner as the Sky were able to get two defensive stops to end the game.
Final score: Sky 89, Mystics 85
The Chicago Sky will travel to Connecticut for a re-match with the Sun on Friday, July 12th at Mohegan Sun Arena. The game can be seen on WNBA’s Live Access at 6:00 pm CT.
Sky Lose Game and Delle Donne in Tough Road Loss To Mystics
Guest Columnist: Dr. Candice Brooks
Unique Starz Sports & Entertainment
Washington, D.C.- On Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Sky (12-5) would fall to the Washington Mystics 82-78 in front of a packed house in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C.
Not only would they lose the game, but their star player, WNBA All-Star vote getter Elena Delle Donne to a mild concussion within the process.
“I’m going to check right now, but she probably has a concussion. She hit her head on the floor, she’s nauseated and dizzy – I didn’t get an update until about 3 minutes ago and I am going to see the doctor right now, but I’m thinking a concussion… It happens.” said Sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman.
“With Elena, its “all eyes on E” and unfortunately that happened, but I think this will be a nice break. The rookies usually hit the “rookie wall” coming off their NCAA season then jumping in to [the WNBA]. She’s a rookie by stature, but she plays the minutes of a 5-or-6-year vet and does a lot for us, so I think this break for her is coming at a really good time.” Chatman said.
The Sky got off to a hot start, thanks to the efficient shooting of guard Epiphanny Prince, who’d finish second in team scoring only to Sylvia Fowles with 18. Prince propelled her team to an early lead of 24-12, while aiding them to a 50% shooting clip from the field to end the quarter.
The Sky would follow up the second quarter with an encore performance, jumping out to an 11-2 run; giving them their largest lead of the game at 21, while Mystics fans stood watching in disbelief, due to what they felt was a lack of team effort.
On the next several possessions, the Mystics would fight back. Igniting key defensive stops and a 12-4 run of their own, trimming the deficit to nine at 44-35 to end the half.
After a dismal first half, the Mystics went on a 19-8 run to start the fourth quarter giving them an 11 point lead, their largest of the game. As expected, the Sky fought their way back into the game thanks to a pair of three-pointers by Epiphanny Prince and the inside play of Fowles. The Sky got within three points of the Mystics with 14.9 seconds remaining, but a Mystics free throw sealed the game.
Final Score: Mystics 82, Sky 78
U.S.S.E/ SC Media Extends It's WNBA Coverage to Washington D.C”
By: Joseph Phillips
Managing Editor U.S.S.E/SC MEDIA
Chicago, IL.-In its inaugural season, Unique Starz Sports & Entertainment/SC News Media has extended its WNBA coverage to the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.
“I am very proud to announce this partnership with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA,” said Joseph Phillips, Managing Editor of Unique Starz Sports & Ent./SC Media.
“We have been looking to extend our coverage across the country, and what better place to start then the East.” Phillips said.
Phillips attributed and credited this partnership with the Mystics to CEO Sonya Nichols via Dr. Candice Brooks, a hardworking higher education professional who joined as a Guest Columnist in June.
“I enjoy having fun and I am very passionate about student development, retention, & success. I am open to change, innovation, creativity, & new ideas. I believe human connections are the core of what we do and strongly value integrity, equity, & transparency.” said Brooks.
Brooks brings to Unique Starz Sports & Ent./SC Media a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of journalism, higher education / student affairs evaluation & assessment, large scale database management, grant writing, teaching, and initiatives geared towards specific student populations.
“I am very excited about our newest update of covering WNBA’S Washington Mystics.” said Sonya Nichols, CEO of Unique Starz Sports and Entertainment.
“As you know there is a media aspect of our company, directed by Tashara Parker, and one of our goals is to cover every team in the WNBA,” said Nichols.
“By doing this, it will give us incredible leverage for a company of our size.” Nichols said.
“Having exclusive coverage will not only build the credibility by working for The Chicago Sky and Washington Mystics, both NBA affiliates, but also providing us a distinct position held by major news carriers when we cover all 12 teams in the near future. I am very grateful for a qualified individual and Soror of Dr. Brooks caliber; she’s in the D.C area and has a passion for Women’s basketball which makes it much easier to extend our reach.” Nichols said.
“As we continue to extend our coverage we will be searching for journalist in other cities in the near future.”
ABA Adds Chicago Court Kingz
Indianapolis, IN.-The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that the Chicago Court Kingz based in Chicago, IL will begin play next season. “The Chicago Steam has set the pace for South-side Chicago,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “And now we have a great new ownership group to play on the North-side. A perfect fit.”
The owner of the Chicago Court Kingz is Unique Starz Sports & Entertainment (www.uniquestarz.com), headed by Sonya Nichols, WABA CEO and Joe Phillips, Unique Starz COO. “Having an ABA team in Chicago is always great news with the dedicated sports fans in the area and we are position to bring life to the dreams of both our players and our organization,” stated Phillips. “Chicago is a great city and certainly deserving of high quality basketball and entertainment at affordable prices. We think the new Unique Starz Court Kings will be very successful here with our wealth of experience and passion for the game.”
The two owners have proven themselves to be very capable owners and are doing quite well with their basketball club team. They attained a record of 12-1 to date in local Pro-Am play and they are both confident that they can mirror that success professionally in the ABA.
“Operating a professional sports team is not easy by any means,” added Nichols. “Ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandising, media, press/media relations, community relations, special promotions and so many other things go into a successful operation. We have learned so much from previous experience with multiple leagues and understand that if we continue to follow the ABA business model, we can duplicate our success for this upcoming season.”
For more information, contact J. Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312 857-5291 or S. Nichols at email@example.com or call 312-857-6403.
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The WABA is back in action!
Indianapolis, IN.-The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com announced that it will re-launch the WABA with play anticipated to begin in 2014. “There’s no doubt that the interest in another women’s professional basketball league is there,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “But it has been difficult organizing the league. Fortunately, we’ve put together a group of people with the backgrounds and skills to make the WABA something really special and to provide opportunities to those who want to own, coach and play in a top-notch professional women’s league.”
Sonya Nichols will serve as WABA CEO. Ms Nichols credits a sports resume that includes an assortment of both on and off court experiences including tenure at James Madison University as a scholarship member of the NCAA tournament team. While in ISHA, she held records for most rebounds in a game, season, and career, (two of the three are current in the state of Illinois), to become one of the top re-bounders in the nation’s history behind greats. Sonya has also help organize and operate Unique Starz Life Skillz Basketball Camp, Michael Jordan’s Basketball Camp, University of Illinois, Wisconsin and Notre Dame Camps. She is currently in the Sports & Entertainment consultant industry.
The WABA welcomes new C.O.O. Sporty Smith to the Executive team. Sporty brings a wealth of experience to the board having been in the Entertainment field for over 27 years, as well as a Boxing Manager/Athletic agent for over 8 years, managing several high profile clients. In 1988 he qualified to become a member of the U.S. Track and Field team as a Sprinter but an injury sidelined his Olympic aspirations. Sporty’ s other accomplishments include, Disabled American Gulf War Veteran, Culinary Arts graduate at Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts Institute of America, in addition to being a graduate of Peoples Law School.