For some in the crowd, the Chicago Sky’s victory Friday (June 1) was something of an epiphany. For most, it was an Epiphanny. As in guard Epiphanny Prince. The third-year player from Rutgers had a career-high six three-point shots in a 65-63 victory against the Washington Mystics that Sylva Fowles provided with a lay-in with 0.2 seconds left in the game.
It was the first home victory in two tries for the Sky this season. Prince was the sole Sky player to shoot .500 or better from the field. She was 12-of-17 (inbcluding 6-of-7 three-pointers) in scoring a career-high 31 points. The Sky (3-1) scored the game’s final seven points in the final 46.3.
With the scored tied 63-63 ith 1.8 seconds to go, the Sky ran an inbounds play. It appeared Prince was an option for the inbounds pass from Swin Cash, as Prince broke to the right corner. Instead, Cash found Fowles in the paint. Fowles found the basket with the decisive lay-in.
On a night where she had shot 1-of-13 from the field, Cash redeemed herself with the pass. Similar to how Ruth Riley redeemed herself from a 1-for-7 shooting night with a steal and a pair of free throws with 35.8 left that tied the game at 63.
Veteran guard Ticha Penicheiro, who sat out the contest because of a leg injury, was dining on some postgame food as she sat in a folding chair in front of her locker.
Does the team’s triumph means she will be wearing the same outfit next game?
“I’m hoping it will be that one,” she said, pointing to a Sky uniform. The WNBA’s all-time leader in assists (2,561) likely will be idle for the Sky game Saturday (June 2) at Atlanta. She certainly had a good seat on the bench to view the last-second heroics that gave the Sky the victory, its eighth consecutive against Washington.
Fowles had a game-high 16 rebounds; her teammates totaled 15. Cash and fellow forward Riley will hope to rebound from bad shooting games. Cash was 1-of-13 and Riley 1-of-7.
“Some people would say we stole one, but I think it’s more about showing some character,” Sky coach Pokey Chatman said.
Or possibly in the case of tuxedo-clad Penicheiro, some character — different definition.
Wandering through Allstate Arena on the way to watch the Sky game, your humble correspondent happened upon a table of women wearing orange-and-black jerseys. Whaddya know, it’s the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpich league. The young women were handing out schedules and playing games with youngsters who happened by their booth. A familiar face was in front. Hello, Tammy Williams. The former Northwestern University star who labors in real life (as opposed to the softball world) for the Big Ten Network was gracious enough to take some time to chat.
For those in the audience who are not moved by the athletic accomplishments of basketball or softball players, there is this video from “America’s Got Talent” that features attractive women dancing in bikinis. How could that be bad? I guess you could watch and find out:
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