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CHI 85, NY 73 - Sky seem to head for 1st playoff appearance

These two teams seemed evenly matched before the start of the 1st quarter and at several parts of the all 4 quarters. The Chicago Sky were performing the same as their we-have-not-ever-made-the-playoffs-before selves for parts of the 1st half since they shot approximately 38% from the field. Yet the Sky trailed the New York Liberty by only 5 points at the half. 

On the other hand, it is only fair to give credit where credit is due.

The Sky played top level disciplined basketball in the 2nd half where they shot 48% from the field (better than several Chicago Bulls 2nd halves). They played the full intensity, highly effective offense and defense that is expected of professionals who claim that they intend to qualify for the playoffs. A very balanced offense was led by Michelle Snow (who looked like peak form Kevin Garnett,  a very tall yet almost shockingly effective mid-range jump shooter), Epiphanny Prince, Sylvia Fowles, and Courtney Vandersloot.

Prince had a couple of fancy jump shots and Fowles had a hook shot that gave the fans the pro-level showmanship that reinforces enthusiasm for female professional basketball. Also, Kraayeveld got into the act shooting 3-for-7 from 3-point range.

New York looked great in the 3rd quarter until Chicago made that big run. Until that run the Liberty seemed to always answer every Chicago score with a quick score of their own. Still, New York battled back in the 4th quarter and their deficit was conquerable when 2:30 remained in the 4th.

For their benefit and for their fans benefit it is hoped that the Sky can play this consistently all season, particularly on national TV.

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