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Liberty, Sky face off in WNBA Pride Month culmination

The Chicago Sky host the New York Liberty at the Allstate Arena on Tuesday, 8 PM ET for a nationally-televised game on ESPN 2 which highlights WNBA Pride Month.

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The WNBA celebrates its Pride Month every June to promote equality by raising awareness on social media and conducting various events throughout the month.

The Pride Month culminates with a nationally-televised duel between Eastern Conference teams New York and Chicago, which both sit at the middle of the pack with 5-4 records.

The match with feature Pride-related content as part of the league's celebration.

"The WNBA embraces people of every gender and sexual orientation. We are very excited to once again celebrate our diverse fanbase in partnership with our teams, partners and fans during WNBA Pride month," WNBA President Laurel Richie said.

Chicago is coming off an 86-71 loss at the hands of the Washington Mystics Sunday, which broke its three-game winning run. Stefanie Dolson paced the Mystics with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists while Emma Meesseman added a team-high 20 points.

New York in contrast defeated the Los Angeles Sparks at home, 79-70. The Liberty received a career-high 23 points from Sugar Rodgers, and an all-around effort from Tanisha Wright (12 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists) and Tina Charles (16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists).

The game will also be the first time Sky's Cappie Pondexter faces the Liberty, her former team, this season.

Pondexter's numbers dipped last year but is having some sort of resurgence this time around, averaging 16.9 points per game on 35 percent shooting from three-point range, an improvement compared to her 2014 numbers of 13.2 and 27.7 percent, respectively.

Epiphanny Prince, the player traded to the Liberty in exchange for the Sky, may also return to action after representing Russia in the 2015 EuroBasket Women.

Prince has not yet made her season debut for the Liberty. As in integral part of the Sky's playoff run in 2014, she averaged 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per outing in 26 games.

The Sky will continue to rely on its superstar Elena Delle Donne, who leads the league in scoring with 29 points a game on 52.8 percent field goal shooting and 97.6 percent from the free throw line.

Charles leads the Liberty with 13.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per match, and her style will be vital against a Sky team that lacks an interior presence.